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Dagnam Park Fungi

All of the fungi recorded in Dagnam Park since 2000 are listed below. They have all been identified or confirmed by Mary Smith a specialist mycologist from the Essex Field Club. She also provided all the notes and comments. The photographs below were all taken in Dagnam Park, mostly by Don Tait. No matter how good photographs are some species and species groups cannot be identified because microscopical examination is required.

Famously some fungi are deadly. The great majority are not but many of these could make you sick. So unless accompanied by an expert it would be unwise to eat any even if they closely resemble any of the photographs below. An excellent online guide to British fungi can be found at http://www.first-nature.com/fungi/~id-guide.php

Fungi highlighted in Brown = Photo available in below Gallery

Dryad's Saddle, On dead wood and can be very early and reach a very large size. Edible when not old and woody or riddled with the maggots of Fungus gnats.

Lichens are usually about 5-10% alga, and the rest is fungus. This one is Xanthoria parietina,. The fruitbodies are the orange discs near the centre. Mary Smith.

Mary Smith explains that this Yellow Fieldcap is immature, but opens to look like a tiny fried egg on the top.

Mary Smith explains that this Yellow Fieldcap is immature, but opens to look like a tiny fried egg on the top.

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