FUN­GUS

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VEL­VET SHANK

Slimy-capped it may be, but there’s no deny­ing that clus­ters of the vi­brantly orange Vel­vet Shank would brighten up any wood­land walk. The fruits of this fun­gus – some­times known as Win­ter Fun­gus – flour­ish dur­ing the cold­est months. They typ­i­cally adorn rot­ting stumps and logs of broadleafed trees, where in­di­vid­ual caps thrust against one an­other, dis­tort­ing their shape. They are ed­i­ble (be con­fi­dent of the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion should you wish to try), and, in­deed, are grown com­mer­cially in Ja­pan, where they are known as enoki.

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