Hi apologies if this is in the wrong section, but it's my first post!
My Granny has asked me to help identify this type or fungi that has started growing in her garden. We think it might belong to the bracket group?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
It looks like one of the species of honey fungus, Armillaria.
There are a few other species that look similar, but one of the key things that IDs honey fungus is the presence of black 'bootlaces' (rhizomorphs) - see 2nd photo in the gallery half-way down this page
Note that the toadstools usually appear in trhe autumn; was that when the photo was taken?
Was the tree cut down because it died of some at-the-time-unknown illness? If so, the pathogen may have been the honey fungus.
Hi Mike thank for getting back to me so quickly!
The photograph was taken on 4th October 2013, there were no black bootlace thingies associated with it, and the tree had been a perfectly healthy Lawson's Cypress which unfortunately outgrew the garden.
Let me check: you scraped down below soil level in searching for the bootlaces, yes?
I did think it might be sulphur tuft, but I see now from your photo the gills are the wrong colour
The other one I had in mind was/is velvet shank, Flammulina velutipes,
which occurs on rotting sumps
But I don't think it is quite right.
Could do with other opinions...
Hi Mike, my Granny reports back that she didn't scrape down but she's now looked at further pics of velvet shank and believes it to be that. She passes on her thanks and is grateful to finally put a name to it.