Submitted by Trevor Davis on Wed, 27/01/2021 - 10:16

    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.  

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    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? 

    Submitted by Melinda Bell on Wed, 10/02/2021 - 15:20

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    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?

    Melinda