A collection of (mostly) fungi pictures

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A cluster of shaggy pholiota, Pholiota squarrosa.


A cluster (from Gibside) of what is probably the two-toned pholiota (or brown stew fungus), Kuehneromyces mutabilis, so-named because its cap has two shades of brown as it dries out. Although edible, it is not recommended as it easily confused with the deadly poisonous Galerina marginata.


Probably something in the “Lepista” genus (found near Levisham).

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(L) Candlesnuff fungus, Xylaria hypoxylon, and (R) a jelly fungus (from Castle Eden Dene).

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The strange, rubbery, Black Bulgar, Bulgaria inquinans, and (R) the beautiful Veined Pluteus, Pluteus umbrosus, from the Castle Eden Dene nature reserve.


Unidentified fungus growing on decaying wood, showing the white mycelium from which the fruiting body emerges.

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(L) The common Jelly/Jew’s Ear and (R) the edible and distinctive Shaggy Parasol, Chlorophyllum rhacodes (although more commonly known as Lepiota rhacodes) from Durham High Wood in October.


Haul of fungi from Durham High Wood. The Shaggy Parasol (left) and (middle) the distinctive Wood Blewit (typically called Lepista Nuda but recently reclassified as Clitocybe nuda) made a nice mushroom fricassée. The fungus on the right, probably a Clouded Agaric, Clitocybe nebularis, did not go in the pot!

Shibden Hall

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Pictures from Shibden Hall near Halifax. The room on the right looked to be a cosy snug, but turned out to be a communicating room used to pass food etc. between “backstairs” servants (who weren’t allowed to be seen) and “front of house” servants. In fact a passageway had been dug underneath the house to allow lower-class servants to pass from one end of the house to the other without being seen! The Hall’s most famous resident was the diarist and “first modern lesbian” Anne Lister (1791-1840).


Brewhouse at Shibden Hall.

Fungi (and Shibden Hall)