There are fungi I don’t recognise in the woods. They look as if they’ve been given a little too much bicarbonate of soda and put in too hot an oven:
They also have very distinctive ridged stems:
They’re so distinctive I’m sure I’ll be able to identify them easily when I get home.
No such luck. I’m struggling, looking through numerous books, and finding nothing like them. Eventually I have to ask for help, like a man finally having to consult the instructions after admitting failure to work a new electronic device.
They are Spotted Toughshank, Rhodocollybia maculata. Here they are from James Sowerby’s Coloured figures of English fungi or mushrooms from 1797:
Mine weren’t as spotted. That was a toughshank.
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