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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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04 July, 2012

Tawney Funnel Cap (Lepista flaccida)

This is a very common little fungus you might encounter in any type of woodland in small groups in late summer and autumn. Fungi with this distinctive funnel shape are normally associated with the family Clitocybe rather than Lepista and is the odd one out in its family.
The lovely chestnut colour ives it the 'tawney' part of the name and its shape the 'funnel cap' part so, for once, a common name that makes sense! Edible but with a taste described as 'unpleasant' so its up to you if you want to give it try - I'll pass on this one.
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Find out more about the Tawney Funnel Cap in Dorset here: www.natureofdorset.co.uk/species_panel/Tawney%20Funnel%20...