This little toadstool had already provided a hearty meal for several small creatures.
The prolonged spell of dry weather means that this has been a poor autumn for mushrooms so far. But a recent expedition to West Park still showed several species, mostly of small, inconspicuous fungi which could hide even in short grass.
Posts in the next few days come from this outing on October 25th unless otherwise indicated.
For the first find, these small puffballs – perhaps a centimetre in diameter – were lurking in the sculpture garden behind the Conservatory.
Another bracket fungus growing from a tree stump: once again quite likely the cause of the tree’s early demise.
Tyromyces stipticus might prove useful to any Victorian gentleman who had used the razor strop fungus to sharpen his cut-throat razor – it could be used to staunch any resulting cuts.
A slug has sneaked into the left of the picture.
This bracket, possibly the willow bracket, Phellinus igniarius, is now going the same way as the host it finished off. Like the fallen tree to which it is attached, the fungus is now sideways on, with the originally upper surface now on the left.
The tree and its attachments are being left to decay naturally on the pedestrian island on St Andrew’s ringway, right by Chapel Ash roundabout.
The green stains on the fungus and the tree bark is the lichen which is successfully colonising even in this environment.