Fungus (Macrocystidia cucumis)

This amazing collection of fungi covers several square metres on the edge of the car park at Upton Country Park. It is quite a sight, especially if you like toadstalls.

Macrocystidia cucumis is actually quite common according to my book but I have never seen it anywhere else in Dorset. It can grow on the edge of woodlands and roadsides especially under broadleaved trees and likes bare soil. At Upton it has taken hold of some bark chippings that were put down to keep the weeds out and is thriving.

It apparently has a strong smell of fishy cucumber! I have no idea whether it is edible but I think it is best left well alone, not a good idea to take chances with fungi ...

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