Fungi of Wivenhoe
With autumn upon us, the fungi season is starting to take off, and this lunchtime the Wildlife Garden again came up with the goods. Growing out of one of the dead elm trunks by the pond is this wonderful pinky, wrinkly toadstool called Rhodotus palmatus, with two common names - Rosy Veincap and Wrinkled Peach. What a stunner - I have never seen it before, and it is considered infrequent in the UK, although widespread in the south east, where of course its substrate of dead elm is most frequent.
If you are interested in fungi, get down there in the next couple of days as those wonderful reticulations tend to fade away as the cap expands, although of course there may be more fruiting bodies to come. Note also the orange fluid exuded from its stem, a characteristic of this unique species - quite literally unique as it is so different to other fungi that it is classified in its own family.