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Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Lower Lliedi Reservoir

Walking along the cycle track by the Lower Lliedi Reservoir I came across a large group of mushrooms. By the time I got a few home I knew they must be called stinking "something", as the smell was terrible. However because they were so big I didn't realise they were Russulas until I saw their warty spores. Checking up there is a large russula called the Stinking Brittlegill (Russula foetens), which seems to fit the bill exactly.  There must have been over 40 and some were nearly 20 cms across. They were somewhat passed their sell-by date but a week or so ago they must have been a magnificent sight.

Among others I also came across a Wood Hedgehog (Hydnum repandum),  with its decurrent spines and a small delicate white mushroom, which looked very much like a dapperling. Because it was so fragile I thought it may have been a Fragile dapperling ( Leucocoprinus fragilissimus), which looks very similar but on this one the spores were far too small.

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