I have only just discovered this forum area of the website and think it may be a better place to submit my fumbling attempts at and total failures to identify fungi. When I asked Google to suggest a gill fungus with rich brown but not sticky cap and dark brown stem and gills it came up with lots of pictures of velvet shank. Sterry disagrees so I have no idea what this is, growing on the short stump of an unidentifiable (by me) deciduous tree - possibly hawthorn - by the Ashby Wolds Way near Oakthorpe.
is it some frozen velvet shank?
Thanks, Melinda. The specimen possibly was frozen through; it was very cold, and I had to brush snow off it! It's just that my book says the gills of velvet shank (which I have never knowingly seen before) are yellow or pale orange whereas these are a really dark brown. Could the freezing, or some other factor, have affected the colour like that?
It is lovely to find more folks looking at fungi. Don't be put off. Please put up your finds on NatureSpot. When this horrible virus is defeated, or driven into a corner, perhaps we can do a fungus foray as a group? We just had a walk round Boothorpe and Conkers. Aren't we lucky living near so much interesting access land?
Will do! And yes, a group foray would be excellent.