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Thursday, 28 March 2019

Mushroom growing in peat free compost

This was growing in peat-free compost in a pot. When we tried to get a spore pattern, the spores were white.

The compost is a blend of fine bark, wood fibre (bi-products of sustainably managed British forests) and coir.

The base was slightly bulbous. 

Any ideas?I've fallen down the white fungi rabbit hole...

Thanks, Isabel





8 comments:

  1. Not an easy one!!!! Presumably white spored ---- some flecks at top of stipe (significant). I think I have once seen this but forget the name ----- so not much help. Will keep thinking.

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  2. Last year I found something very similar growing on a woodpile at Pumpsaint. They had the same dark spots on the stipe, which I was told are a good indicator for Melanoleuca verrucipes, Warty cavalier.It was not recorded until the year 2000 but is now spreading quickly across the country.


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    1. Thanks Colin ---- I could not remember the name. Yes, this is it. Not many spots on these of Isabel but ones I saw were very speckled. 'verrucipes' = warts on foot !

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  3. Hi Philip
    I put "Melanoleuca" in the search box at the top of the page and your record came up. October 2015.

    Click here


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    1. Clever !!! I must learn more quickly. Thanks.

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  4. Thanks both. I think you are right Colin. Well identified. I wonder if the increased use of peat-free compost will help the spread of fungal species around the country?

    Isabel

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  5. Woodchip seems to be the main substrate but I found this in Pembrey forest (2015) in a tractor track with crushed branches --- your compost does just as well.

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