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Velvet Top Fungus

Phaeolus spadiceus ( syn P. schweinitzii )


One of the most impressive fungal fruiting bodies I've seen. Spotted in the moist splendor of Benmore Botanic Gardens on a British Pteridological Society weekend.

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AlexKonig 11 years ago
velvet-top fungus
Phaeolus spadiceus ( schweinitzii ) Phaeolus schweinitzii

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AlexKonig 11 years ago

ah,i also make mistakes !! but thanks.I want to have also some nice/new/updated fungi-books, my now used books getting outdated. by "fungi' is it allways: at the right time at the right place", it is a very big question of: luck and a little bit of: choose the right spot.

craigwilliams 11 years ago

I knew it was a bit rash to update this without your input Alex! Thanks so much, yes very convinced, it did have a velvety texture. I have a very fine book on UK & European fungi (Michael Jordan's) & wanted to check this but it's in storage at the moment, so it's extra gratifying to get this IDed. Now I also realise how lucky we were to see it looking so very fresh. Good news for me, bad news for Benmore's conifers (there's a very fine collection there)

AlexKonig 11 years ago

i'm almost certain about it, when you rethink: it had surely somewhat like a velvet cap?!!! I like those fungis,looking nice soft. i had found also one the last month, the color were stunning at the begin, 2 weeks later he was mostly discolored and last week when i was there again, the last remnants were still standing. ( ). Take a look at this ( ) - the 17th picture at the first page. (hope you get this at the same order than i). good luck

CarolSnowMilne 11 years ago

Cool! That's the UK version!

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 11 years ago

I compared this to Carols ,both have beautiful colors!

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Scotland, United Kingdom

Spotted on Aug 5, 2010
Submitted on Nov 5, 2011

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