Velvet Shank - Flammulina velutipes

    Alternative names
    Winter Fungus

    Cap convex, then flattened, smooth, often slimy, orange yellow to orange brown, and can be up to 10 cm across though often less. Stem yellow orange above, dark brown and velvety below.

    Identification difficulty

    In clusters on decaying wood of deciduous trees.

    When to see it

    Found from autumn until winter and unlike most other toadstools it can withstand hard frosts. 

    UK Status

    Fairly frequent and widespread in Britain

    VC55 Status

    Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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