Dagnam Park Fungi

All of the fungi recorded in Dagnam Park since 2000 are listed below. They have all been identified or confirmed by Mary Smith a specialist mycologist from the Essex Field Club. She also provided all the notes and comments. The photographs below were all taken in Dagnam Park, mostly by Don Tait. No matter how good photographs are some species and species groups cannot be identified because microscopical examination is required.

Famously some fungi are deadly. The great majority are not but many of these could make you sick. So unless accompanied by an expert it would be unwise to eat any even if they closely resemble any of the photographs below. An excellent online guide to British fungi can be found at

Common Name
Scientific Name
Mary Smith's Notes & Comments
Aniseed Funnel Clitocybe odora Woodland; Good in a meat casserole or stew.
Bark Bonnet Mycena speirea On dead wood
Bay Polypore Polyporus durus On tree-stumps mainly
Beefsteak Fungus Fistulina hepatica On Oak or Sweet-chestnut
Black Milking Bonnet Mycena galopus var. nigra Woodland litter
Blusher Amanita rubescens Often near Birch
Branching Oyster Pleurotus cornucopiae Probable. On dead wood
Bulbous Honey Fungus Armillaria gallica Woods, parks, gardens
Camembert Brittlegill Russula amoenolens Usually under Oak
Candlesnuff Xylaria hypoxylon Some uncerainty due to an unusual shape. On dead wood
Chicken of the Woods Laetiporus sulphureus Usually on Oak trees
Clustered Bonnet Mycena inclinata On dead wood
Common Bonnet Mycena galericulata Woodland litter
Common Inkcap Coprinopsis atramentarius Parks, gardens, woods
Common Puffball Lycoperdon perlatum In woodland litter
Conical Brittlestem Parasola conopilea Rich soil, parks, gardens
Cramp Balls, see King Alfred’s Cakes Daldinia concentrica On dead Ash
Dead Moll’s Fingers Xylaria longipes Often on Sycamore
Deer Shield Pluteus cervinus On dead wood
Diatrypella quercina (No Common Name) Diatrypella quercina Dotty black crust on dead Oak
Dryad's Saddle Polyporus squamosus On dead wood, can be early.
Earth Ball Scleroderma citrininum Woodland litter
Fairy Ring Champignon Marasmius oreades Open grassy places, lawns
False Chanterelle Hygrophoropsis aurantiaca Under Pine trees
Hairy Curtain Crust Stereum hirsutum Any dead wood
Horse Mushroom Agaricus arvensis
Inkcap   A large number of very similar species are known as Inkcaps.
Jelly Ear Auricularia auricula-judae Usually on dead Elder
King Alfreds Cakes Daldinia concentrica See Cramp Balls
Lilac Bonnet Mycena pura Woodland litter
Mosaic Puffball Lycoperdon utriforme Sandy grassy area or heathland
Parasola leiocephalus (No Common Name) Parasola leiocephalus Grassy places in woodland
Parasol Macrolepiota procera Woodland litter
Peniophora cinerea (No Common Name) Peniophora cinerea On living or dead Oak twigs
Pink Bonnet Mycena rosea Woodland litter
Poison Pie Hebeloma crustuliniforme Woodland litter
Purple Brittlegill Russula atropurpurea Woodland litter
Purple Jellydisc Ascocoryne sarcoides On dead wood
Red Cracked Boletus Xerocomus cisalpinus Woodland litter
Redleg Toughshank Gymnopus erythropus Woodland litter
Rooting Shank Xerula radicata Woodland litter
Russet Toughshank Gymnopus dryophilus Woodland litter
Shaggy Bracket Inonotus hispidus On Ash and Apple trees
Shaggy Inkcap Coprinus comatus  
Shaggy Parasol Chlorophyllum rhacodes On woodland litter
Shaggy Scalycap Pholiota squarrosa
Silverleaf Fungus Chondrostereum purpureum on wooe
Snowy Waxcap Hygrocybe virginea Mown grassland
Southern Bracket Ganoderma australe On trees anywhere
Spindle-shank Collybia fusipes On dead wood
Splitgill Schyzophyllum commune Not Common; On dead trees, usually Beech
Split Porecrust Schizopora paradoxa On dead wood
Stump Puffball Lycoperdon pyriforme On dead stumps
Suede Bolete Xerocomus subtomentosus Woodland litter
Sulphur Tuft Hypholoma fasciculare On dead wood
The Charcoal Burner Russula cyanoxantha Woodland litter
The Deceiver Laccaria laccata Woodland litter
Turkeytail Trametes versicolor On dead wood
Velvet Shank Flammulina velutipes On dead wood in winter
Veiled Oyster Pleurotus cornucopiae On dead wood
Violet Bramble Rust Phragmidium violaceum On Bramble leaves
Weeping Widow Lacrymaria lacrymabunda Grassland
White Brain Exidia thuretiana On dead wood
White Fibrecap Inocybe geophylla Woodland litter
Witches Butter Exidia glandulosa On dead wood
Wood Pinkgill Entoloma rhodopolium
Wrinkled Peach Rhodotus palmatus
Xanthoria parietina (A lichen, no Common name) Xanthoria parietina
Yellow Brain Tremella mesenterica
Yellow Fieldcap Bolbitius titubans Grassland



.Dryad's Saddle, On dead wood and can be very early and reach a very large size. Edible when not old and woody or riddled with the maggots of Fungus gnats.

Mary Smith explains that this Yellow Fieldcap is immature, but opens to look like a tiny fried egg on the top.

Lichens are usually about 5-10% alga, and the rest is fungus. This one is Xanthoria parietina,. The fruitbodies are the orange discs near the centre. Mary Smith.


Young Wrinkled Peach, Rhodotus palmatus, on dead Elm wood, these are immature and not yet wrinkled. Mary Smith.