Sulphur tuft

Sulphur tuft
Sulphur tuft

Sulphur tuft toadstools (Hypholoma fasiculare) are common in all types of woods and forests.  The name translates as “mushroom that grows in bundles” – they often form tight clumps.

These fungi feed on rotting wood (saprotrophic).  Those pictured were found on a conifer stump alongside the track.  In their prime, the sulphur-yellow caps have vivid orange centres.  The gills are yellow.

Many of the mushrooms found in these woods are inedible; this one is particularly poisonous – consuming it can cause vomiting, diarrhoea and convulsions.

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