|The identity of this small mushroom, (cap diameter 20 mm) is still a puzzle. It has been discovered before on the lower slopes of Mill Hill.||There at least a dozen, probably more of these small (>30 mm cap diameter) mushrooms. ID is under enquiry. Click on all these images for a larger photograph.||There was only one seen of this similarly sized mushroom, and although the gills did not seem to be decurrent like the white mushroom, it could well be the same species.||This is the same species and same colour as the other white mushroom (larger at 50 mm cap diameter) and flash photograph has produced a colour hue.|
The white species (second left and far right) was also found next to the path in the Triangle area. I have identified this species (wrongly) as the Snowy Wax Cap, Cuphophyllus niveus, (or it could be the Pale Wax Cap, Hygrocybe pratensis var pallida) but this choice has not been confirmed.
This species has now been confirmed as the Pale Wax Cap, Hygrocybe berkeleyi, (known on the British Mycological List as Hygrocybe pratensis var pallida).
two small mushrooms in the photographs above only reached 30 mm in cap
diameter and most of the small clump, on the footpath approach to Mill
Hill from the Waterworks Road, were about
20 mm. They have not been identified.
The spore print of this mushroom turned out to be white.
With the latest photographs this species has now been identified as probably being a Dermoloma, if blackening, Dermoloma magicum.
Approaching dusk, it was nearly dark when I squelched the muddy trail of the lower slopes of Mill Hill.
There were a couple of species of mushrooms, a handful of a white species (now turning slightly brown, and without a ring) and a smaller one with brown gills illustrated above. The smaller brown one had a cap 20 mm across. The spore print was brown (my first successful spore print: not a work of art as when I broke the stem off the mushroom fell apart).
having a closer look, this does seem to have a certain resemblance to an
early Ink Cap.
However, it was nowhere near any trees or bushes, although there just could
conceivably be the buried roots of Wild Privet
or Bramble. It is in a field of herbs with
some grass, and it looks like the area has been slightly disturbed.
to take a Spore Print (Link)
Fungi of Shoreham
On 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.
This is the first time I have seen this small species in the chalk pit area of Lancing Ring. Is this a Wax Cap?
Another one from the Chalk Pit and not positively identified.
More Fungi from Lancing Clump and Meadows