Sheathed Woodtuft - Kuehneromyces mutabilis

    Description

    The cap is 3 to 8 cm in diameter, convex becoming flattened with a broad umbo; bright tan, drying out to pale ochre from the centre and giving a two-toned (zonate) appearance. The gills are adnate and crowded, pale ochre at first and become cinnamon as the spores mature.

    Similar Species

    The Funeral Bell is similar but lacks the scurfy stipe.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    On stumps, felled trunks and logs of broad leaf trees, particularly birch.

    When to see it

    Throughout the year, but most plentiful in summer and autumn.

    Life History

    Often grows in large clumps.

    UK Status

    Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map