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One for the mycologists

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Registered: 30-07-2007

One for the mycologists

Hi
Anyone know what this is, and should I get rid of it?  It's started growing around the base of a tree stump in my garden.
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pierre_pierre
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Re: One for the mycologists

dificult to tell from your photo, its not one of the common Bracket Fungii, and is not the deadly to trees Honey Fungi.
It could be Pleurotus cornucopiae Branched Osyter Fungus   grows on the stumps of beech or elm, normally up to end of september
Midnight_Caller
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pierre_pierre
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Re: One for the mycologists

Cant recommend it but Armilatox used to be used to clear Fungi, but it hasnt got a current license, you can only clean patios with it   Crazy Crazy
pierre_pierre
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Re: One for the mycologists

that one of yours Gary is on an American web site, seems to be the same as the one I gave with a slightly different name from an English book
pierre_pierre
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Re: One for the mycologists

have a look at Armillaria mellea Honey Fungus  that has a white skirt below the head
pierre_pierre
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Re: One for the mycologists

another one that grows over winter is Flammilina velutipes Velvet Shank
Midnight_Caller
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All this talk of mushrooms is making me hungry.
pierre_pierre
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Re: One for the mycologists

be carefull Gary most of them are unedable Crazy
an unusual one, also over winters  Paellus stipticus  Sitiptic Fungus   it emits a glow in the dark at night, and the spores stain blue with iodine
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Re: One for the mycologists

Thanks guys
I think the Flammilina probably looks the closest.  It's a sort of pale yellow with a darker brown colour in the centre of the top, and has a slightly shiny appearance, but doesn't bowl like the Honey fungus.
I've never seen it before, and wondered what it was, and if i needed to get rid of it.
John