Two new Bonnets, The Avenues, Norwich, 7 December 2022

A lightening quick stop by the roadside in The Avenues, Norwich this afternoon to inspect the trunk of an old gnarly Maple tree. Jeremy had told me about the superbly-named Rancid Bonnet, Phloemana olida growing on the mossy trunk. Sure enough there were loads and they also checked-out with a peculiar and rather unpleasant smell! While at the tree I found another dark and quite distinctive bonnet which I was able to use my new Kibby books to identify as Steely Bonnet, Mycena pseudocorticola. The mycena are notoriously difficult to id but once I'd realised that Steely Bonnet browns a bit with age all the other id features fell nicely into place including flesh colour and white hairs at the base of the stipe. 

                                                                                                                                   Rancid Bonnet

                                                                                                                                  Steely Bonnet


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