Friday, 12 October 2012

fungal fairy land

This early autumn has seen a tremendous eruption of fungi in the Cedar Walk.

The fungi we see at this time of year are the fruiting bodies of the fungus that has been thriving beneath the soil all year.

This spectacular display is probably due to the wood chippings spread across the area when we cleared the sycamores in the autumn.

The light that is now flooding in may also have contributed as will the wet soil.

The immediate reaction, following the wonder at their abundance and diversity is to ask if they are edible. I am no fungi expert and so will have to be content just looking.
Whatever the reason for this fantastia, the wide range of fruiting bodies quite literally stop you in your tracks.

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