In late February damp dead branches on woodland floors often have Elf Cups attachedThe intense red cups often missed.
Extremely poisonous and aptly named ,Amanita virosa (Destroying Angel) is a rare fungus in N.Ireland
Much photographed Fly Agarics (Amanita muscaria) can be found under Birches.
Most poisonous of all fungi (Amanita phalloides)The ‘Death Cap’is found sparingly in Loughry Estate on limestone.
Sessile Earthstar (Geastrum sessile) is rare in N.I. but grows in woods at Loughry
Well named ‘The Prince’.
The beautiful Agaricus augustus is also good to eat.
The flesh of Amanita rubescens (The Blusher) goes pink-brown on cutting or bruising.
Common puffballs,when freshly emerged are good to eat.
Mycenae fungi have caps like little bonnets
Alueria aurentia,a fungus with spectacular orange cups
The elegant Tawny Grisette (Amanita fulva) is fairly common.
The caps of Laccaria amethystina are at first a beautiful deep purple but lighten in colour as the caps age.
Scanned from a slide taken many years ago.Slime Cap (Limacella guttata) is rare,but found occasionallyLoughry woods.Geoffrey Kibby,a renowned mushroom expert used the photo on front page of ‘The Mycologist’ magazine-he had seldom seen the fungus.