Founded: November 1960
Aptly named ‘Destroying Angel’ because of the pure white colour and extremely
poisonous nature, Amanita virosa does not fruit every year in Drum,but in a suitable
year can be plentiful.
A very handsome fungus and an excellent edible.Known as ‘The Prince’ , Agaricus
agustus is not particularly common,but occurs most years in Drum.
The species has a smell of bitter almonds,and an excellent mushroomy taste.
Occurs usually under beeches and smells strongly of raw potatoes.
This is the variety alba,whiter than the usual variety.
Do not attempt to eat-the species is slightly poisonous.
Amanita muscaria,Fly Agaric is found under birches and is both poisonous and
This classic children’s story toadstool was once used by Inuit Medicine men to give
them a high! and at one time used in milk to kill flies-thus the name-Fly Agaric.
A striking fungus with a brown cap and strongly orange red stipe .The species is
found under birches near the gardens.The flesh and pores bruise dark blue to black.
An uncommon coral-like fungus found in needle litter under conifers, in small trooping
The tips of its many branched stems are tinged greenish.
A prize edible with apricot coloured fruiting bodies.Frequently found under beeches
in Drum-but I’m not telling you where!
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Cordyceps militaris(Scarlet Caterpillar Club)
Grows from dead larvae and pupae of moths and butterflies buried in soil.The fungus
absorbs nutrients from the insides of the insect.
Not often noticed and only occasionally seen.
The lawns at Drum are perhaps 200 years old and unfertilised. As a result they have
an excellent range of waxcaps and other grassland fungi.
Hygrocybe reidii smells of honey when the stem is rubbed
Lepiota aspersa-Freckled Dapperling
Found in one spot in Drum,underneath tall conifers.An uncommon species and quite
a striking one.
Sometimes known as ‘yellowlegs’,often in large groups.Widespread,unusual looking
with interesting gills.Closely related to the species below.