Category: Mushrooms

Wood Blewit / Autumn / Edible Common NamesWood Blewit Botanical NameLepista (clitocybe) Nuda Meaning of Botanical NameLepista meaning goblet referring to the funnel shape of mature specimens, Nuda meaning naked Scientific Classification: Kingdom: Fungi, Division:Basidiomycota,Class: Agaricomycetes, Order: Agaricales,Family: TricholomataceaeGenus: Lepista   Known HazardsCan cause gastric upset if not cooked Could be confused…

Identify Glistening Ink Caps/ Summer/ Autumn/ Edible Common NamesGlistening Ink Cap, Mica Ink Cap   Botanical Name Coprinellus micaceus Meaning of Botanical Name Coprinellus meaning living on dung (which many of this family do but not this one),  micaceus meaning like grains of salt Scientific ClassificationKingdom: Fungi,  Division:Basidiomycota, Class: Agaricomycetes,  Order: Agaricales, Family:…

  Olive Oysterling/ Wild Mushroom/ Not Edible  Common Names: Olive oysterling Botanical Name:Sarcomyxa Serotina Meaning of Botanical Name:Sarcomyxa meaning slimy flesh, serotina meaning late, referring to it growing late in the season often fruiting after the first frosts Scientific Classification:Kingdom: Fungi,  Division: Basidiomycota, Class: Agaricomycetes,  Order: Agaricales, Family: Marasmiaceae Genus:…

Beef Steak Fungus/ Autumn/ Winter/ Edible Common namesBeef Steak, Ox Tongue Botanical nameFistulina Hepatica Meaning of botanical nameFistulina, refers to the underside of this mushroom and its separate small tubes or pores. Hepatica means it’s liver like.  Known hazardsNone know  Could be confused with..Inonotus hispidus, the Shaggy Bracket ( which…

Giant Puffball/ Summer / Autumn / Edible Scientific NameCalvatia gigantea FamilyAgaricaceae Also known asPuffballs HabitatGrasslands, pasture, lawns, commons and roadsides. Found in rings, troops or individually. You will also sometimes find these in and around open woodland. DescriptionA large White to off-white fungus with a fine velvet like surface when…

 Birch Polypore /All Year/ Medicinal/ Edible     Scientific NameFomitopsis betulina FamilyFomitopsidaceae Also known asRazor Strop Fungus. HabitatBirch polypore grows primarily on birch trees, and has no look-alikes.  DescriptionA large bracket develops from a small white spherical swelling on the side of dead or living birch trees. Very common in…

Amethyst Deceiver/Summer/Autumn/Edible Scientific NameLaccaria amethystina FamilyHydnangiaceae HabitatThis mushroom, common in temperate areas of Europe, Asia and the Americas’ grows in deciduous as well as coniferous forests. I find them mostly with beech or oak. It appears in late summer through to early winter. DescriptionThis is quite a changeable mushroom and can appear different depending…

Bay Bolete/Mushroom/Autumn/Edible Scientific NameImleria badia  FamilyBoletaceae HabitatFairly common in the UK and Europe, also found in the USA. We find this mushroom mostly growing with spruce and pine but it also sometimes grows with beech and oak. DescriptionThe common name refers to the colour of the cap which is a…

Porcini/ Cep / Penny Bun / Summer/ Autumn / Edible   Credit Vincenzo Gianferrari Pini https://commons.m.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Boletus_Edulis_-_Trentino_2009-08-17.JPG#mw-jump-to-license Scientific NameBoletus edulis FamilyBoletaceae Also known asCep, Penny Bun HabitatThe temperate woodlands across Europe, including Britain, from Scandanavia south and east to Spain, right across Eurasia and China. Closely related species are found in…

Yellow Morels/Spring/Summer/Edible   Scientific NameMorchella esculenta FamilyMorchellaceae Also known ascommon morel, yellow morel, true morel, morel mushroom,  sponge morel  HabitaEurope, including Britain, temperate regions of Asia, North Africa, North America. They grow in varied habitat –  Fields, hedgerows, open woodland, clearings and waste ground. They often turn up in fresh…

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