Gymnopilus junonius Cortinariaceae Spectacular Rustgill

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Gymnopilus junonius Spectacular Rustgill. This fungus can be spectacular indeed, as was the specimen in the photo, on a bank in St Andrews, where the caps were around 30cm in diameter (usually 12-16cm). They are also a bright golden-orange with fine brown fibrils. The stems are hidden in this photo, but are stout and fibrous and yellow, with an obvious ring which points up towards the cap. It grows on stumps of broad-leaved trees, sometimes on our dead Elms, and is frequent in the island. It is not edible, being tough and bitter.

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