Friday 13 September 2013

Strange Fungi (Hydnellum sp?)

In September 2013, I saw a these fungal growths over a damp, shady patch of ground.

They looked all soft and squishy, and seemed as if they had sprung up very rapidly, engulfing sticks, stones, leaves and other detritus around them.

Some of the larger ones had sticky, dew-like drops oozing from their surface...

I was instantly reminded of the infamous bleeding tooth fungus, Hydnellum peckii. These looked like a less colorful versions of that organism. While I am no fungus expert, I guess these pale "sticky dew fungi" could have belonged to a related lineage.

I left the oozing fungi as I found them. I wondered if they were poisonous...

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