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Kuehneromyces mutabilis

Kuehneromyces mutabilis
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Copyright: Nel Diepstraten (NellyD) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 237 W: 0 N: 445] (1783)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-12-26
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Canon 350D
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Christmas holiday Germany 2006
Date Submitted: 2007-11-01 4:42
Viewed: 5338
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
When I looked through my archives, I found this picture of fungi. I took this in 2006, when I visited Germany in my Christmas holiday.
Despite the fact that the image is a little bit out of focus, I still think it's a nice scenery.
I did sharpen the pic a little in photoshop.
I don' t know the name of this species, but if anyone can tell me, please let me know.
Thanks for looking!

Update November 8th 2007:

Thanks to the help of Petru and Lazlo (thanks for that!), I found the ID of this Fungi, so here is the information about Kuehneromyces mutabilis from wikipedia:

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Fungus
Division: Basidiomycota
Class: Basidiomycetes
Subclass: Agaricomycetidae
Order: Agaricales
Family: Strophariaceae
Genus: Kuehneromyces
Binomial name: Kuehneromyces mutabilis

Kuehneromyces mutabilis (synonyms: Pholiota mutabilis) is an edible fungus which grows in clumps on tree stumps or other dead wood. A few other species have been described in the genus Kuehneromyces, but K. mutabilis is by far the commonest and best known.

The clustered shiny convex caps are 6-8cm in diameter. They are very hygrophanous; in a damp state they are shiny and greasy with a deep orange-brown colour towards the rim; often there is a disc of lighter (less sodden) flesh in the middle. In a dry state they are cinnamon-coloured.
The gills are initially light and later cinnamon brown, and are sometimes somewhat decurrent (running down the stem).
The stipe is 8-10cm long by about 0.5-1cm in diameter with a ring which separates the bare, smooth light cinnamon upper part from the darker brown shaggily scaly lower part. This type of stem is sometimes described as "booted".
This species always grows on wood, generally on stumps of broad-leaved trees (especially beech, birch and alder), and rarely on conifers.
It is found from April to late October, and also in the remaining winter months where conditions are mild. It is often seen at times when there are few other fungi in evidence.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-11-01 7:34]

Hi Nel.
I agree with you. Scenery is wonderful and your picture reflects it very well despite the not outstanding sharpness. But for this subject level of details is very good. Te key point is the state (and mood) of nature, very nice place and high esthetic impression. Lights, colours, framing and POV are excellent too. My best wishes and TFS.

Hello Nel,
Wow, that is a great colony of mushrooms!
Seems like they thrive on that heap in the old forest...
A well framed situation, colours and details are great!
Pablo -

Hi Nell,

I agree that this is one strong composition and a good POV. About ID: quite hard to say only from overall looking and not knowing or seeing any detail. But from what I got, it is possible to be Kuhneromyces mutabilis, considered edible in my country.

Cheers, Petru

Hi Nel, lovely composition with splendid colors and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

This is a crowd Nel :) You made a nice composition and exposure looks natural. I thought it was autumn scenery but you took it during winter in Germany...? It seems that there was no snow there :) Well seen and TFS,

Hi Nelly,
Very nice group of Kuehneromyces mutabilis. Everything from the habitat of the fungi to the date of photo shows to this result. I was thinking about Flammulina velutipes also, because it also grows on trunk, also in colony and also in winter / late autumn, but it's a bit different.
Nice scene, although it's, as You said, a bit out of focus. A pity. Otherwise a good composition. Best regards, László

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