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    Posted: 16 Jun 2017 at 8:22am
Hi, thanks very much for the id's, the bracket was very fresh and extremely 'spongy', can't remember any smell at all but I was getting distracted by nettles at the time so may have missed that, plus it was a very windy day, it is a shame the photo doesn't give an idea of the scale of the thing though as it was huge, by far the biggest we have seen.

I will go with the id of the Iris, it was in old woodland near Canterbury and well away from where anyone would dump garden rubbish, our next walk there will be much later in the year so guess will be able to confirm via the berries, thanks very much!


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Hi Chubsta and Suzi

The bracket fungus with the scaly cap is Dryad's Saddle Polyporus squamosus (Dryad meaning a tree nymph or spirit in Greek mythology/folklore.)

This is a quite frequent find on trees and logs and said to be edible but only when young and fresh. However, I've never tried them myself because personally i can't get past the species very strong, mealy smell which i find utterly repellent.
Sweaty Trolls Saddle more like.

Agree with Suzi that the plant is an Iris. If you found it well away from human habitation or other activity (such as a fly-tipping location) and feel you can rule out a garden escape of one of the many exotic Iris cultivars, then this is very likely Stinking Iris Iris foetidissima which grows in woodlands and sea cliffs with a scattered distribution across the south. It is one of only 2 native Iris species along with the aquatic Yellow (or Flag) Iris.
It certainly looks like that to me. But if you can return to the spot again then it's possible to confirm ID by (1) crushing a leaf; you should get a disagreeable (though not disgusting) smell which is likened by some to roast beef. Or (2) later in the year, you should see clusters of large bright red seeds hanging in clusters like painfully inflamed Chalfonts. These persist through the winter sometimes.

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Looks like some kind of iris. I'll try and find it...
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Don't get much in the way of fungi here in the South east it seems, perhaps it is just too dry around here, anyway, was very pleased to see this beauty today, nothing special in terms of species I'm sure but a great example!



On a slightly related note, anyone able to identify this plant for me, I am rubbish at such things....


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edible? tasty?  

That's a rather grey looking slowie.

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Thanks both.

Not a good specimen since it's been chomped by something (any idea of the culprit?), but here's a less famous grassland Puffball species.
When very young it is spiny (third pic) but these spines quickly wear away.

Yet again, another species with a recent name change (sigh! ); the Mosaic Puffball used to be Lycoperdon utriforme but now sounds more like an out-of-town superstore than a fungus.......

Mosaic Puffball Handkea utriformis








From under a permanently in situ, good old-fashioned piece of decaying corrugated 'tin' (none of yer modern felt nonsense!) beside a canal, a gratuitous Grassie/slowie embrace:



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lol. the fungi photos are nice but the slowie ones are awesome. Those morels are tasty though. I treated my partner to an 8 course taster menu at a 2 star michelin restaurant in Mayfair a few years ago. It was weird. asparagus ice cream...no thanks! one course was morels and they were amazing though.
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Well I'm glad you said they were hard to spot, as I scrolled down I was thinking, are hub caps really a prized table species in Europe! LOL

See I do read your posts, just far too lazy to say so on the whole. Embarrassed
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Keep looking and you'll find them one day i'd say Mr J.

Bit of an odd afternoon on Thursday. I went back to the above location for another slow worm hunt and this time struck lucky. 2 males, under different wheel trims and another under a small piece of old carpet.






Encouraged by this success, i then drove 350 m or so down an adjacent side road to check out another roadside bank, where under a THIRD lost car wheel trim was ......a big male slowie..... plus right beside it another 8 Morchella!!







Oh happy day!
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Excellent find, the closest i have ever got to them is an episode of Masterchef...
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