Fungus, Ganoderma, at Lancing Clump
by Andy Horton (18
Ring and Meadows:
Tree and Fungal Notes
to Lancing Fungi page (Autumn 2005 et seq.)
was one Agaricus mushroom
in the spinney/wood to the east of Lancing Manor sports complex.
the spinney to the east of McIntyres Field there was a group of Glistening
Inkcap Mushrooms, Coprinus
micaceus, and some greyish King Alfred's Cakes, Daldinia
mushroom (with a cap diameter about the size of a commercial mushroom)
was discovered in a patch of grass amongst Stinging Nettles on New
Monks Farm at the Mash Barn Lane end. I forgot to examine its attachment
point and I left this specimen in-situ as it began to rain.
mushroom is probably
mushrooms growing on a Silver Birch log in Ray
Hamblett's back garden in south Lancing
186 044) were around for weeks before I discovered
them. They were about the size of a commercial mushroom.
underside lacks the gills of many of the familiar mushrooms and introduces
me a different group of fungi with pores. This fungus was very tough and
it occurred to me that it could be a species of Polyporus,
which are reported as reasonably widespread and common.
the wood to the north-west of Lancing Manor there was a fallen log with
a pale yellowish (topside) bracket fungi and King Alfred's Cakes,
was a large mushroom with a 20 cm (estimated) diameter on the grassland
to the east of the bridge over Widewater Lagoon.
Unfortunately it had been broken up. It looked like an unattractive specimen
of an Agrocybe. It could have been an Agaricus.
the lawn of a block of residential flats near Lancing railway station,
two caps of the Parrot Wax Cap, Hygrocybe
psittacina, were still seen.
leaf litter under Lancing Clump made a sodden
carpet through which scores of large mushrooms were scattered. They had
a white stipe, a pronounced ring with membrane that occasionally touched
the cap rim, and brown gills with a pale cream with brown blotched cap
that measured up to 14 cm across. The stem when the vegetation was cleared
seemed as long as the cap was wide. The stem detached quite easily. It
seems to be a large species of Agaricus.
was less fungi than last month: Pholiota
were noted with wider caps than the earlier Shaggy
Pholiota (unless this is another species),
a dried out Parasol under
the trees (they are usually in the meadows), a few Puff Balls,
Arthur's Cakes, bracket fungi and a few
small brown-gilled meadow mushrooms.
in the top left is one of the Pholiotas.
The stem is much thinner than found on most specimens of Shaggy
Pholiota, but it is probably an older version
of this species. The one below is a small mushroom (cap diameter about
30 mm) from the meadow. One specimen had a pronounced concave cap. The
on the left is in the leaf litter and was not fruiting synchronously with
the ones on the meadows, and past its best, and it may be one of the other
species of Macrolepiota.
Avenue in north Lancing (road leads to Lancing
Clump) produced a mixed selection of Pholiota
and Common Ink Cap
small (25 mm cap diameter) mushroom in the following images was seen in
the Lancing Clump meadows.
looks past its best and it has not been identified. This
mushroom is probably
on lawns, on grass verges, under town trees and in flower beds, mushrooms
proliferated and were certainly in much larger numbers than the dry summer
and autumn of 2004. November is the best month, but without veering out
of my way to look for them, the numbers and variety exceed my capacity
to record and identify all of them.
mushrooms were photographed and recorded on the following web page (click
on the text below this line):
of the Urban Adur Area in November 2004
green mushroom (in the photograph on the right) found on a lawn near Lancing
railway station has been identified by members of the Fungi
of the British Isles (Yahoo Group) as one of
the wax caps, the frequently encountered Parrot Wax Cap, Hygrocybe
psittacina. This is the first record on these web pages
though. Although common it is small and merges so well in with the lawn
and herbs that is inevitably missed by the casual passer-by.
Fungi: Fruiting Bodies (Monthly Guide)
was a variety of fungi on the Beech
wooded verge of Manor Road adjacent to the park. A largish
mushroom on a long stem was found amongst
the grasses and a brown older one.
to the Photographs
was dark under Beech canopy of
Clump, where the most noticeable fungi were the Shaggy
would need an experienced mycologist to identify the species of the fruiting
bodies of the variety of mushrooms and toadstools on Lancing
Clump and the numerous others that are found in the meadows.
you want to try your hand at identification, the images can be found on
the following web page. Click on the text and wait for the images to slowly
a mild October day under an overcast sky, there was a typical and wide
selection of the usual fungi from large to small
mushroom and toadstools in the Beech wood
at Lancing Clump
and amongst the meadows.
large Agaricus mushroom in the leaf litter on Lancing
Clump looked and smelt extremely appetising. The large cap, which was
left in-situ, measured 14 cm in diameter. The stem did not seem to be robust
enough for the edible Horse Mushroom, Agaricus
arvenis, more like the nauseous (if eaten) Yellow
matched that of the second mushroom. I could not do the yellow staining
test because the stipe (stem) was in poor condition. As I was in doubt
I decided not to eat it.
Mushroom or Yellow Stainer?
was not the case of the handful of dried out Parasol,
in the meadow which were already beginning to attract the flies:
Fungi Gallery (by Ray Hamblett)
Mushroom Pickers' Code of Conduct
large fresh Parasol Mushrooms
stood out in the Lancing Ring meadows. They were at least 25 cm in diameter.
Cap is found on a Lancing lawn
by the railway station in the centre of town (called a village). It was
in its fresh orange condition before it gradually turns black. This was
conica, the Blackening
were some blackened
mushrooms at a later visit.
mushrooms were discovered on Malthouse
Meadow, Sompting, on the edges of the long grass. These could be Leucoagaricus
on Lancing Ring, but on a Lancing street
grass verge, the following mushroom I have tentatively guessed it as a
species of Agaricus but I have so often wrong with fungi,
I hesitate to make any suggestions.
is very like the Edible Mushroom,
and could be the same species that was found on Mill
Hill on 26 August 2004.
Nature Notes (by Ray Hamblett)
fungus Peziza vesiculosa was discovered
on discarded hay at the western woodland margin of McIntyres Field, Lancing
Ring Nature Reserve (east) about two-thirds of the way up the slope.
by Jean J Wuilebaut
of Lancing Ring Christmas Walk 10:00
the deluge of yesterday we were lucky to squelch through the mud of the
meadows and paths of Lancing Ring under a clear blue cloudless sky in a
9° C. For
the most part the mud was not cloying and there was no standing water.
About 25 ramblers made a circuitous journey past the now full dewpond,
down the westerly side where we were met by a chilly (9°
C) fresh breeze
from the south-west. The meadows had been forage harvested.
the decaying beech logs the variety of fungi was past its best.
leaf litter showed no clear toadstools poking out, but I did not have time
to look as the party moved on.
the meadows there were several clumps of the orange-brown Tubaria
of Lancing (Ray Hamblett)
English Names for Fungi
King Alfred's Cakes
up Sulphur Tuft, Hypholoma
fasciculare. The normal yellow colour is completely hidden
by brown spore deposit (even though the fresh spores are black).
by Malcolm Storey)
(Adur Biodiversity) Links Page
Ring Fungi in October (Lancing Nature Web Pages)
Fungi: Fruiting Bodies (Monthly Guide)
mellea, amongst the leaf litter
a Sycamore Tree (ID
by Mark Pike)
main area of this fungus is around the stumps of
Trees felled in the Great Storm of 1987
of the British Isles (Yahoo Forum)