|Panellus stipticus (Bitter Oysterling). High Elms, 29 December 2012.|
The Bitter Oysterling is indeed bitter to the taste, I have been assured by someone who has tried it. It is also supposed to be able to stop the flow of blood from a cut, hence the name "stipticus" - but I don't know anyone who has tested that. The scurfy appearance of the caps makes this one easy to spot.
|Auricularia auricula-judae (Jelly Ear). High Elms, 29 December 2012.|
|Ascocoryne sarcoides (Purple Jellydisc). High Elms, 29 December 2012.|
There seems to be another flush of fungi at the moment; not so much on the ground, but lots on dead wood. The warm and exceptionally wet weather probably accounts for that. The ground is too wet, but dead trees are just right.