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Pholiota alnicola

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 22 September 2010 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Pholiota alnicola (Elzenbundelzwam (BE) / Alder Scalycap (EN) / Erlen- Schüppling (DE) / Pholiote des aulnes (FR) ) Is a fungus in the Strophariaceae family. The species can be found growing solitary or in small clusters on deciduous wood, especially alder, willow and birch. The cap measures between 3 and 6 cm and is always slimy to sticky when fresh (the image is taken on a normal dry day - the wet zone on the cap is slime produced by the fungus itself). When young the color is yellow, becoming dark yellow and/or developing rusty or olive green shades. On the stem there is a a ring zone resulting from the partial veil.

Image: Schilde (BE) - 17/09/2010

Canon EOS 400D 1/8 second F/5.6 ISO 200 150 mm

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Julie from Le Cannet des Maures, France

la lumière et la mise au point sont toujours parfaites !!!

22 Sep 2010 5:10am

@Julie: Thank you very much, Julie. This one is taken in "early" morning with the first sunlight of the day.

Marleen from Doesburg, Netherlands

De 'gelei' maakt er een mooi glanzend hoedje van:-) Wellicht ook interessant om ook in een latere fase vast te leggen vanwege de roest en olijfkleurige nuances....;-)
Wederom een zeer fraaie opname, Johan!

22 Sep 2010 9:31am

@Marleen: Marleen, ik ben enkele dagen later nog een keer op die plek langsgeweest en heel erg veel was er van deze paddenstoel niet meer over om te fotograferen ... Sommige soorten kunnen erg snel opkomen en even snel weer "verdwijnen". Gelukkig stond in de buurt nog wel veel moois :-)

Veronique from Sarrouilles, France

but I know this jelly one :-)

22 Sep 2010 3:38pm

@Veronique: these yelle ones are a little taller, more easy to find and more common then the coral formed ones :-) But they don't have to be rare or unusual to enjoy them ...

Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

This is very fresh, you have caught the slime perfectly

22 Sep 2010 4:00pm

@Christine: Thanks for the compliment, Christine.

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

tres belle lumiere sur ce champignon !!
amitiés !

22 Sep 2010 4:06pm

@marc battault: Thanks Marc. Greetz!

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

another interesting find. What is the function of the slime-defensive?

24 Sep 2010 1:20am

@Julie Brown: It seems to me that the most logical explanation of the slime-defense is to prevent the cap from being eaten and that way protecting the spores. But that is my personal opinion and I did not check scientific literature on that subject (too busy these weeks). Maybe you can find some other function?

Dutçh from Chicagoland, United States

I really thought those were raindrops on the mushroom cap until I read. I am glad I did. That.. is icky :D.. anyway it is a wonderful capture. Good to do it with the camera and not the fingers!

24 Sep 2010 3:09am

@Dutçh: Glad you made the effort to read :p.

Canon EOS 400D
1/8 second
ISO 200
150 mm