the rain of the last few days, three species of mushroom have appeared,
two of them, one a Snowy Ink Cap, Coprinus
niveus, (photograph on the left and
central above) on the cow pats still remaining two months after the cattle
had been removed from the top part of Mill
Hill. The mushroom on the far right is probably Stropharia
coronilla. This one was discovered on the
well trodden (especially by cattle) area immediately to the north-west
of the Reservoir with a smaller mushroom of the same species discovered
on the Pixie Path.
25 April 2008
A solitary small mushroom Stropharia coronilla was intact and quite firmly in place amongst the herbs on the lower slopes of Mill Hill.
There were some more of the small mushrooms (illustrated on the right) on the lower slopes of Mill Hill, that I still have not been able to identify. These two were next to the path. They appear to be very new.
Previous Report of what appear to be the same species
The suggestion of the genus Stropharia probably the species coronilla is likely despite the lack of a stem ring.
In the misty gloom of an overcast day at almost dusk, there was an unfamilar white mushroom which had been broken off its stem and lay loose on the long grass on the southern part of Mill Hill.
It was about the average size of a flat commercial mushroom, estimated at 65 mm cap diameter. The gills are more widely spaced than other white mushrooms seen on the downs.
the lower slopes of Mill
Hill there were a couple of species of mushrooms,
a handful of a white species (now turning slightly brown) and a smaller
one with brown gills. Although this one does not show a ring, it is very
similar to the white one below, with a stem that is easily broken. (Could
this one be Agrocybe praecox or
smaller brown one had a cap 20 mm across. The spore print for the small
brown mushroom was dark brown (my first successful spore print). This species
is too small for Agrocybe praecox.
How to take a Spore Print (Link)
Small Brown Mushroom (Images)
A white mushroom was discovered amongst the Horseshoe Vetch on the lower slopes of Mill Hill. This is the one with a ring.
There was a small mushroom amongst Goosefoot and near the Tor Grass on the lower slopes (illustrated below).
There was a small (15 mm cap diameter) mushroom (photographed above) in the grass by the path in the dog mess zone on the lower slopes of Mill Hill. The white texture of the stem is slightly distinctive in the first photograph.
There is another suggestion that this could be a Wax Cap, Hygrocybe? I am not sure which one though?
This was rejected when other suggestions were made. These new suggestions cannot be right, so I have included my original guess. I think this is wrong as well!.
Stropharia coronilla was one suggestion. This was accepted by me as correct at first. But I was never really sure about this one (but I did not have any better suggestions!). The other one is Agrocybe praecox. This mushroom does not really match the photographs on the Internet of these mushrooms and specimens discovered lack a ring.