Sunday, 20 November 2016
Mycena at Botanic Gardens
A week or so ago we came across this pretty looking mushroom on a Tuesday walk. Growing under a beech tree, it was assumed to be another patch of Amethyst Deceiver, Laccaria amethystina, which is quite common here. But alongside was a Beechwood Sickner, Russuala nobilis, which I then bent down to take a photo of. Having got closer it could be seen that it wasn't L. amethystina at all but a Mycena spp. This time I assumed it was the Lilac Mycena, M. pura, took a photo and put it in my box to take home. Only recently I've got around to looking at it and it would appear not to be M. pura after all but could in fact be M. diosma, which is a lot rarer with only a very few Welsh records on the BMS database.
Another mistake on the same day was assuming that this polypore mushroom, growing in Trawscoed wood was "Hen of the Woods", Grifola frondosa, when checking it on the internet it would appear to be the Giant Polypore, Meripilus giganteus, which seems to sum up my fungus foraying as what you find is never what you think it is!