Explore our Gunnersbury Triangle reserve with this fungi trail - see if you can spot the wooden cut outs in the habitats where you may find the real thing!
Collared Earthstar Geastrum triplex – starts as an onion-shaped ‘egg’ which splits to expose the spore sac. Creamy buff but browning with age. Grows on rich free draining soils.
Common Puffball Lycoperdon perlatum – spikey when young but spikes shed leaving a reticulate pattern. Often found in woodlands.
Brown Rollrim Paxillus involutus – named after its rolled edges the centre of this mushroom is sticky when wet and downy when dry. Usually found near birch trees.
Fly Agaric Amanita muscaria – this distinctive mushroom has a scarlet stop with fleecy scales. Is found in association with birch trees.
Sulphur Tuft Hypholoma capnoides – yellow-orange fungus often found in large clumps on all types of dead wood.
Honey fungus Armillaria mellea – shades of yellow-brown fading to honey-yellow with tiny yellowish scales at the centre. Found on and around a variety of trees and shrubs.
Candlesnuff fungus Xylaria hypoxylon – forked or antler shaped these fungi look like the burnt wick of a candle found on dead wood of broadleaf trees.
The Deceiver Laccaria laccata – extremely variable in size and colour this tricky little mushroom is very common. This mushroom is found in all types of woodlands, heathlands and moorlands.
King Alfred’s Cakes or Cramp Balls Daldinia concentrica – uneven round blobs with white concentric rings when cut open. Found almost exclusively on Ash.
Birch Polypore Piptoporus betulinus – This whitish bracket fungus has small holes (pores) on the underside instead of gills and grows on birch trees.
Turkeytail Trametes versicolor (Coriolus versicolor) –This thin multi-coloured bracket fungus will grow on most types of dead wood.