The sort of Plums and Custard you can’t eat

Looking back in my photo archive of curious and wonderful fungi I find photographs of Tricholomopsis rutilans, Plums and Custard:

Tricholomopsis rutilans - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

According to my guidebooks they form very photogenic clumps. It’s a shame I haven’t found any photogenic ones; just single, old or half-eaten ones. This one was in Pullabrook Woods on Dartmoor:

Tricholomopsis rutilans - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

I love their purple and yellow colour scheme.

These were in the grounds of Exeter University:

Tricholomopsis rutilans - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

It’s a shame they’re not edible; at least not to humans.

Here it is in Coloured Figures of English Fungi or Mushrooms by James Sowerby from 1797

Tricholomopsis rutilans - The Hall of Einar

What a fabulous fungus.

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