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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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06 July, 2012

Sheathed Woodtuft (Kuehneromyces mutabilis)

Tree stumps and rotting tree trunks are ideal places to find fungi, especially these tufted species that grow in large clusters. The Sheathed Woodtuft thrives in decidous woodland with falled tree debris and is widespread and very common. The cap is two or three toned brown; dark on the outside, then pale and sometimes a dark patch in the centre.

This is an edible species but it looks very similar to Galerina marginata which is deadly poisonous. Do you want to test your powers of identification with your mouth?
Find out more about the Sheathed Woodtuft in Dorset here: www.natureofdorset.co.uk/species_panel/Sheathed%20Woodtuf...