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Examples of some British Species



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Dog Stinkhorn
Mutinus caninus

The fruiting body starts out as a small, whitish egg (1-2cm across). This ruptures as the fruiting body extends. It will reach 10 -12cm high. The head of the fruiting body becomes covered in olive- coloured slime which contains the spores. These will be dispersed by flies, attracted to the scent which it gives off.

Habitat: in leaf litter in woods, from summer through to late autumn.






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Calocera cornea

This is a jelly fungus. The fruiting body is unbranched, yellow to orange.

Habitat: Fruiting bodies can be found in groups on stumps, twigs and branches of deciduous trees.

It is a common species and can be found all year.






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Yellow Brain Fungus
Tremella mesenterica

This is a golden-yellow to orange, soft, flabby fruiting body, with many lobes. It is highly folded and convoluted and resembles a brain, hence its name.

Habitat: On dead twigs and branches of deciduous trees, sometimes still attached to the tree itself. Found particularly in late autumn, but also all year round.