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Sep 7, 2012 9:11 PM

Unusual fungi. I'm baffled

10th October 2010 under beech trees - and I've been trying to identify ever since!

Cap: 20 cm grey-green, velvety, cracked revealing pink

Stipe 18 cm angular

Sponge like gills (like Boletes and Polypores) yellowy green

 

Real oddity is apex of stipe has 3 branches supporting the cap.

 

Any idea or even a possible family would be much appreciated.

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    Sep 9, 2012 1:50 AM (in response to Chris Hughes)
    Re: Unusual fungi. I'm baffled

    My first reaction was Boletus pascuus. And my second reaction still is.

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    Sep 9, 2012 10:59 PM (in response to Chris Hughes)
    Re: Unusual fungi. I'm baffled

    My opinion? It looks like a Boletus that's been doctored. And the leaf has been left in place to hide the fact that strips of the stem's skin have been pulled upwards.

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        Sep 10, 2012 6:40 PM (in response to Chris Hughes)
        Re: Unusual fungi. I'm baffled

        Well the foot of the fungus have been damaged and it also seems to be quite dry. Now if, when drying, the outer "skin" shrinks more than the inner "meat" does - guess what happens! (Or vice versa if the "meat" swells or grows more than then skin...) You often see effects of this kind in fungi - one part shrinks or expand and another doesn't: Older "individuals" have upturned rims of the caps - younger downturned, for instance. You have to fill in the blanks by yourself...

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        Sep 10, 2012 10:50 PM (in response to Chris Hughes)
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        It was the leaf which threw me -- usually one would remove a leaf covering half the specimen if identification (and not journalistic integrity) was the intention. Having said that, you show better grace than I would at having an assumptive swipe taken at you, and no, I certainly doubt my knowledge exceeds yours in light of what Episcophagus has revealed about this little would-be Martian mushroom. My apologies and may you find many more unusual specimens in spite of the knee-jerk reactions of Macs everywhere.

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        Sep 10, 2012 11:18 PM (in response to Chris Hughes)
        Re: Unusual fungi. I'm baffled

        Check out this fella! Same phenomenon!

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