More Fungi

After another walk in the woods I have discovered more fungi. I have tried to identify them, using a reference book “Mushrooms of Britain & Europe”, but I’d be grateful for any help anyone may be able to offer. And for any hints as to which ones might be useful for dyeing, although most of them look so beautiful where they are that it would be a pity to remove them, unless, of course, they were truly remarkable sources of dye colour & were not rare or protected.

img_1600What is this one? Is it Burnt Polypore (Bjerkandera adusta) or perhaps Many-zoned Polypore (Trametes versicolor)?



img_1711Is this the same species of fungus, but photographed in a different location in different light?  In “real life” it didn’t look exactly like the one above but perhaps one is more mature than the other?


img_16061Perhaps this might be Phlebia merismioides (P. radiata)?

Whatever it is, it was growing far too high for me to reach it anyway.



img_1607I know these are unlikely to be suitable for dyeing but they make a pleasing image.





img_1613And the same with this one. Is this perhaps Gymnopilus penetrans?

It looked far too attractive to even consider picking, & was too small anyway for a sample dyebath.

3 replies
  1. cedar
    cedar says:

    Those top ones definitely look like the trametes versicolor, and apparently the ones with blue give the color the others you can get beiges …also called turkey tails…they seem to come in an amazing array of tones, depending on the wood, light, moisture time of year…I am always finding these but no longer pick them, as some don’t give any colour…too bad as there are so many…I am picking lobaria pulmonaria (lungwort) off of maple branches taken off in high winds, and they are easy to find and abundant around maples, and give lovely tans and beiges taupes, so many names for that pale brownish color..and they are substantive as you know I am sure…looks like a day in the woods…

  2. Maggie Stearn
    Maggie Stearn says:

    Hi Jenny
    I’m enjoying your photos and walks through the woods and glad your keeping up with the blog. Well… I started one a couple of days ago. It still needs some tweeking but I guess it’s a learning curve.

    All the best, Maggie

  3. (T)roy Miller
    (T)roy Miller says:

    Not always easy to ID from photos, an additional snapshot of the underside helps. Top one looks like Turkey Tail (Trametes versicolor), second one looks like Smoky Bracket (Bjerkandera adusta), whilst the bottom one may be Velvet Shank (Flammulina velutipes), but as I said not easy to be precise.

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