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Dyers Mazegill

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An interesting looking mushroom that alas is inedible but has been used for dying materials for many years hence the common name.

Mushroom Type
Common Names Dyers Mazegill
Scientific Name Phaeolus schweinitzii
Season Start Aug
Season End Oct
Average Mushroom height (CM) 15
Average Cap width (CM) 25
Please note that each and every mushroom you come across may vary in appearance to these photos.

Fruiting Body

Doesn’t really have a distinctive cap but what looks like a cap has a felt like texture and can be many different colours from yellow, orange, red to brown or black. Starts as an irregular globular shape then grows into a fan shaped or circular mass which may have many tiers or bulges.

Pores

Does not have gills but is woolly or felt like and covered in pores.

Stem

Has a short, thick, dark stem that merges with the cap like fruiting body.

Flesh

Brown to almost black and fibrous.

Habitat

With conifers, particularly Pines or Spuces, growing from the roots.

Spore Print

White with a hint of yellow. Ellipsoid.

Frequency

Fairly common around conifers.

Other Facts

Dyers Mazegill is a parasite and will kill its host but then becomes saprobic, living on the dead organic material of the stump.
Has been used to produce yellow, orange and brown dyes.

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