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Lepiota cristata

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 4 September 2010 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Lepiota cristata (Stinkparasolzwam (BE) /star dapperling, stinking parasol (EN) / Stinkschirmling (DE) / Lépiote crêtée (FR) ) is a fungus in the Agaricaceae family.
Identifying the many small woodland species of Lepiota to species-level is quite a challenge. The species in the Lepiota cristata cluster are recognized by their diminutive size (cap 1-5 cm), the presence of pinkish to brownish scales on the cap (which can be seen in the image here) and the smooth stem that bears a fragile ring. The species usually has a distinctive (but hard to describe) smell, often referred to as "fragrant". Most common names refer to this characteristic. The species can be found from July to October, mostly in groups and occasionally solitary in mixed woodland and sometimes in damp, shady gardens.

Image: Tellin (BE) - 25/08/2010

Canon EOS 400D 1/80 second F/5.6 ISO 200 150 mm

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Marleen from Doesburg, Netherlands

Bijzonder mooie, bijna abstracte macro...super!

4 Sep 2010 8:44am

@Marleen: Heel vaak lenen paddenstoelen zich tot bijna abstracte macro's. De vormenrijkdom is immers erg groot. Voor mij is het ook een uitdaging om iets meer te maken van een paddenstoelenfoto dan het zoveelste "paddenstoel-langs-het-bospad-plaatje".... Bedankt dat je alweer de moeite nam om een commentaartje te schrijven.

Don Levesque from Saint John, NB, Canada

Great macro! Always love your description, I learn something every day. Thanks for sharing!

4 Sep 2010 3:29pm

@Don Levesque: I'm very glad you read (and like) the extra info. In my opinion some knowledge of a specimen can be a big step in understanding, liking, admiring, caring ... for the specimen of nature in general. Have a great weekend out there !

Dutçh from Chicagoland, United States

I really like the detail but closer up it becomes abstract, pattern. Today I chose photos out of the community. Just letting you know yours was picked because I liked the thumbnail ;) I knew there was something good behind it and see here you are!

5 Sep 2010 3:32am

@Dutçh: he he ... Think that's a compliment :-) Thx Kristen.

Veronique from Sarrouilles, France

nice framing here :-)

5 Sep 2010 6:58am

@Veronique: Thank you very much, Veronique. I'm becomming a fan of square crops... I even make images now with the scare crop in mind while making the compo. Glad you like it.

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

Great close-up Johan. I love the framing and the detail here.

8 Sep 2010 1:24am

@Julie Brown: Thank you Julie. I learned from you not to be affraid of (square) crops. And for this kind of images I realy start to like that. So thanks !!!!

Canon EOS 400D
1/80 second
ISO 200
150 mm