Local places, plants and invertebrates, occasional ancient coins, some other stuff.
Saturday, 26 January 2013
The Velvet Shank
Velvet Shank, Flammulina velutipes, in snow on a tree stump in Hayes. 24 January 2013.
Most gilled fungi disappear in the snow. They are tender, and are frosted off just like the shoots of our green plants. This one, the Velvet Shank, is an exception. Snow doesn't seem to affect it at all. This one has been covered up and is now partly exposed by a slight thaw.
Behind the caps and gills ypou can see what gives it its common name. The dark brown, slightly reddish stipe is covered with velvety hairs.