Dark Honey Fungus - Armillaria ostoyae
Care should be taken with identification of this species, and expert help may be necessary. It is similar to Armillaria mellea, but usually has a darker brown colour, fairly prominent scales on its cap, and a well developed ring with what look like little dark 'cogwheels' on the underside.
Parasitic, then saprotrophic on living and dead wood of deciduous and coniferous trees.
Peaking from September to November
Fairly common in Britain but probably confused with Armillaria mellea.
Very common in Leicestershire and Rutland.
Leicestershire & Rutland Map
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