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A rare or very seldom recorded Agaricus, looking at first sight like a field mushroom. It is characterized by clavate cheilocystidia and rather larger spores than most others of the genus; but especially by the upwardly directed sheath encasing the stem and arising from the sharply pointed base. The cottony ring at the juncture of the sheath rim and stem is ephemeral. The sheathing structure is rather like a close-fitting volva.
Another not particularly common Agaricus. It is the wild species from which all our shop mushrooms derive. It is characterized microscopically by its 2-spored basidia, otherwise looking like some other white Agaricus species.
This black ascomycete, each one of which is no more than 1-2mm high, favours fallen beech branches or stumps. In a mass, as here, they look, under the lens, like a dish of freshly collected blackberries or mulberries. This makes them easy to identify. Not uncommon on beech.
Looking rather like the Common Field Mushroom, Agaricus altipes is a rare fungus characterized when fresh by its snow-white cap and stipe, deep salmon-pink gills and, microscopically, by a lack of cheilocystidia. It differs from the Field Mushroom by the pink flush on the stipe; by its habitat, dense woodland; by its occurrence mainly April-July often with Spruce or Yew; and apparently by sometimes having an unpleasant smell, though these had no smell. A 1st Notts record.
These striking tough brackets grow mainly on oak, but here on sweet chestnut. They have rich dark brown to black-brown surfaces with thin cream margins; the fresh surface, especially at the margins, has a hispid-velvety texture (lens). The underside is very dark. It is widespread nationally, but common only south of a line from Herefordshire through Warwickshire then south-east to Kent. We have only one other site for it in Notts at Ploughman Wood, where it was last recorded in 2000.
A very rare Inocybe with just over 20 records nationally. It is characterized by its brown more or less conical cap with radially disposed, separated fibres, splitting margins and a whitish veil covering the whole surface not just at the inrolled edges. Microscopically it has no pleurocystidia and hyaline, thin-walled, clavate cheilocystidia. Here, in dry soil under sweet chestnut. A 1st Notts record.
This Scalycap with remarkably golden-yellow coloration deserves its English name, having coarse upturned scales plentiful on cap and stipe. It grows on conifer stumps and branches. Nationally widespread, though probably more commonly encountered from Durham northwards into Scotland. In Notts we have 6 records from Clumber Park, Haywood Oaks and Cuckney Hay Wood.
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