|Daldinia concentrica, King Alfred's Cakes. Petts Wood, 24 October 2015.|
So, what does a fungus look like? There is no simple answer. I will start with some from Petts Wood, where the Orpington Field Club's fungus lovers had an outing this autumn. These are not rare fungi. You only have to look around, in the right places and at the right times. It helps if you are with a group, because more pairs of eyes means more things are spotted, and it helps if you, or someone in the group, is familiar with fungi.
This first example, King Alfred's Cakes, grows almost exclusively on dead ash, and pops up along the whole length of fallen trunks and branches. When young, the outside is this mid-brown colour. Later, they turn black, like a cake that has been allowed to burn in the oven. If you cut into them, they have a crisp texture and show this unusual concentric pattern.
|Ascocoryne species, Purple Jellydisc. Petts Wood, 24 October 2015.|
|Bisporella citrina, Lemon Disco. Petts Wood, 24 October 2015.|
|Thelephora terretris, Earthfan. Petts Wood, 24 October 2015.|
I'll show some more conventional fungus shapes later.