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Toadstool  Velvet Shank

Velvet Shank - Photo  Copyright 2008 Rob Teager
Photo: Rob Teager

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Latin name:
Flammulina velutipesi

Size: The cap is approximately 2cm to 6cm in diameter.

Found throughout the UK.

Months seen: September to March

Habitat: Deciduous woodland - especially on dead elm trees.

Special features: The velvet shank is one of the few fungi which grows in winter.

Click for a better viewThe cap is an orange-brown colour, and the gills underneath are a creamy-orange colour.

Click for a better viewThe stem is dark brown to black, and distinctly velvety to the touch (hence the name). There is no ring on the stem.

This fungi is edible, although it could be easily confused with similar looking species, so please get an expert opinion before tasting any wild fungi.

In Japan they are cultivated commercially and are known as 'Enoko-take'.

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