Sulphur Tuft - Hypholoma fasciculare


    This poisonous fungus is easy to spot due to its bright colouring however it is variable in appearance and therefore can be difficult to identify. The domed caps become flatter with age, they are sulphur yellow, but redder or browner in the centre. Gills are crowded, sulphur-yellow when young, later turning a pale olive almost brown colour. Spore print purple-brown. Spores ellipsoidal, smooth, with a small germinal pore.

    Identification difficulty

    In both deciduous and coniferous woodland.

    When to see it

    Mainly late summer and autumn.

    Life History

    Grows in tufts, usually in large numbers on rotting wood.

    UK Status

    Common and widespread in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Very common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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