Fly Agaric, Amanita muscaria, the spotted red toadstool, Winfrith, Dorset, UK (1) 

Something different today. I normally write about seashore things in this blog but I photograph all sorts of other natural things – and man-made ones too. As it is the season of mellow fruitfulness, I thought you might like to see some pictures of common and colourful fungi that grow locally in the Wessex Countryside here in Dorset, UK. I am not an expert in fungi identification – so any names applied to the fungi in the pictures are tentative.

At the top are two red-capped Fly Agaric toadstools. Below: the lilac-capped Amethyst Deceiver fungus amongst beech leaf litter; a small bracket-type fungus with concentric bands of different colours growing on a fallen tree; a Stink Horn amongst dead woodland leaves; a Boletus mushroom (probably edible) growing on a lawn; and finally another Agaric-type toadstool with the cap faded from red to orange-brown (growing on grass beneath a silver birch tree).

Amethyst Deceiver, Laccaria amethystina, purplish-lilac capped toadstool, Dorset, UK (2)

Small multi-coloured bracket type fungus, possibly Trametes versicolor, Dorset, UK (3)

Stink Horn fungus, Phallus impudicus, amongst beech leaves, Dorset, UK (4) 

Boletus mushroom, one of a fungus family that includes many edible species, Dorset, UK (5)

An orange-capped Agaric type toadstool, Dorset, UK (6)


Revision of a post first published 5 November 2009


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16 Replies to “Six colourful fungi”

  1. Thanks, Viv. I hope you have altogether glorious day. The sun is shining brightly here and the world out there looks lovely.
    Did your picture of the fish come out alright? That seemed a very good sign for you.


  2. I still can’t upload it; I have been having some problems with my usb router which gets snitty if I use the other usb port for my phone connector. I have no idea what is wrong so I may try and upload on another computer and transfer it.
    It’s a bit grey and grim here but we’re heading out for Sussex tonight.


  3. What a great name – penny bun! It does look like one. You are probably right. I saw a lot of these growing in someone’s lawn a few years ago. I asked if I could photograph them. Each year since I pointed out their presence, they have swiftly disappeared – presumably into his kitchen.


  4. Thank you. It is a wonderful name but I am not certain why it is called Amethyst Deceiver – maybe because it looks beautiful but is deadly poisonous?


  5. Hi, Viv. I hope you can resolve the problem of downloading your picture soon – or find an alternative picture of a fish out of water to illustrate your novel.


  6. I am surprised! I don’t even use an SLR camera – just a high end compact or bridge camera with a zoom. I agree with you about the colours; interesting textures too. I found a really wonderful toadstool when I was out walking yesterday. It was still unopened but I reckon the cap will be 30 cm in diameter when unfurled. I think it was a Parasol Mushroom – apparently delicious.


  7. It’s that time of year! Look out for a post on mine in a few days which dabbles in fungi! I too love the Amethyst Deceiver pic.


  8. Until your comment, I had never even considered the possibility that there might be a fossil record of ancient fungi. I looked it up – and lo and behold there really are fossil fungi! Unbelievable. Not just any fungi fossils but ones that were 6 metres tall dating from before the Jurassic, before the Triassic, before the Permian, before even the Carboniferous – as far back as the Devonian Period and beyond, 350 million years ago. They are called Prototaxites and you can read more about them at


  9. I sat on a old silver birch tree not knowing how rotten it was and it snapped leaving debris and the rotten tree broken I was camped in the wood line on a walking trip when this happened later that evening I noticed the area glowing orange and thought this would be some unusual fungi in the daylight I inspected it but saw nothing just rotten wood any clues as to what this was as I’m intrigued.


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