Oudemansiella mucida: the porcelain fungus



This fungus, associated with dying beech trees, has a slimy covering which makes it appear shiny and hence it has derived the name of the porcelain fungus (Oudemansiella mucida) although it is also known as the poached egg fungus.
Occurring  in late summer and in to the autumn it forms high up in beech trees and so may not always be seen until the dying tree falls, or loses branches in a storm, and then it is visible at close quarters. It usually occurs in clusters of several caps together.
It is edible if you wash the slime off it but you have to be able to reach it first to pick it!
Oudemansiella mucida: the porcelain fungus

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