Tuesday, 2 December 2014
Velvet Shank - maybe
This one was pictured today at Branault, growing off the stump of a large tree which had been cut down some years ago. It may be velvet shank, Flammulina velutipes, a common fungus on rotting wood. The 'may be' is inserted carefully here as, when checking it against pictures on Google's images, this specimen seems to have darker stems than usual.
If it is velvet shank, it's edible, the Japanese growing it commercially as enokitake. For anyone interested, there's more about it here and, if you want to pick some, there's enough for several helpings where this came from.