1. says

    It looks like a deciduous forest, so if the stump in third photo is from a beech (whose twig can be seen in background) or a hornbeam, then the mushroom is probably sheated woodtuft Kuehneromyces mutabilis, an edible and good tasting mushroom. However it has an evil twin autumn skullcap Galerina marginata that grows on stumps of coniferous trees.
    I have eaten sheated woodtuft, it has grown for a few years on a dead apple tree in our garden when I was a child and I have succesfully bullied my mother to give them in soup, so confident (and foolish) was I in my skills with the atlas. However I have not seen it since and I would definitively not recommend collecting it in a forest when it is unknown from which tree the dead wood originates.

  2. says

    Probably a beech, but the forest is a pretty mixed one.
    One of the Things I Will Do When I Have Time™ is to participate in one of the guided mushroom hunts people offer.
    I used to go mushroom hunting with my grandparents as a kid. They only knew a few kinds, but knew those well. In the evening there would be mushrooms friend in butter with onions and parsley and I am drooling as I’m typing. BTW, I have to thank you for bringing back those memories with your pictures of your “loot”.

  3. says

    I would love to once more go on a mushroom hunt under the guide of a professional mycologist, especially if it were possible around here where I live to learn more about local species. It bugs me greatly that I was not able to identify some of the peculiar mushrooms I photographed this year. A lot of the knowledge I got in uni has been lost due to non use over the years and I could certainly do with refresment course. But my list of things to do When I Have Time ™ is longer than the time I am likely to ever get (as I am sure yours too).

  4. lumipuna says

    We have two large, almost fresh birch stumps at the summerhouse. Maybe I should try inoculating them with K. mutabilis? Over here, the mushroom is basically only known from growing on birch. I haven’t picked them thus far.

    Recently I saw masses of old rotting mushrooms, that may have been the same species, on an old graveyard in my dad’s old home town. There were several old birch trees, some of them reduced to stumps, with thick roots crisscrossing near soil surface.

    Then again, there were likely also some deceased persons of the kind that Finnish idiom describes as “tarry stump”. (long-living person = pine stump that’s particularly resinous and resistant to rotting)

  5. says

    @lumipuna, inoculating a birch stump seems like a good idea. The mushroom is tasty and from what I have read today it can be cultivated in this manner.

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