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A Toadstool on a Stump

Friday, 10th October 2003
Richard Bell's Wild West Yorkshire nature diary

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parasolI thought that this fungus, growing by the old Lawson's Cypress stump in a shady corner of the lawn, by the shed, was one of the parasols, either a Lepiota or Macrolepiota but it lacks a ring around the stem so it can't be.

Another clue is that parasol mushrooms grow in the soil, never from tree stumps or roots as this one does.

I'd better do a more detailed drawing before deciding to turn these into soup or to put one or two in an omelette!

The caps are about 8 cm, 3 inches, across. The scaly stems are hollow. next page

Richard Bell

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