Friday, 24 July 2009
The flowerbeds in Park Square, Leeds City Centre are currently home to abundant clusters of small cap & stem mushrooms. The beds have been heavily mulched with a thick layer of wood chip providing an ideal habitat for fungi. Could they be Psathyrella species?
Patrick Harding's Mushroom Miscellany includes an interesting chapter on the increased use of woodchip as mulch by City Councils throughout the UK & of how it has resulted in the appearance of diverse fungi species. Its certainly worth a read.
Its great to see the natural world in action smack bang in the middle of the City.
And in an adjacent flowerbed these whoppers were on display, one of the caps lay nearby which offered an easy view of the gills.