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Velvet Shank

Edible Edible
Spring Spring
Winter Winter

Capable of surviving being frozen solid this fungi can be found throughout the winter.

Mushroom Type
Common Names
Scientific Name Flammulina velutipes
Season Start Dec
Season End Apr
Average Mushroom height (CM) 3
Average Cap width (CM) 10
Please note that each and every mushroom you come across may vary in appearance to these photos.

Cap

Widely convex but due to the proximity of neighbouring caps the shape is usually distorted. Orange yellow/brown, darker in the middle. Smooth and slimy.

Gills

Gills white becoming pale yellow. Joined to the stem. Not crowded.

Stem

Yellow at the top becoming dark brown. Velvety to the touch. No ring.

Flesh

Thin and orange brown, darker in mature stems.

Habitat

Growing on dead stumps and trunks of deciduous trees, particularly elm. Sometimes found on diseased living trees. Can grow in huge tiers and groups.

Possible Confusion

The Funeral Bell, Galerina marginata, pictured, is similar and deadly poisonous but it has a ring on the stem, Velvet Shanks don’t.
The Sulphur Tuft, Hypholoma fasciculare is also similar but unlikely to be confused with the Velvet Shank as the sulphur tuft is sulphur yellow throughout and has dirty olive green gills.

Spore Print

White. Ellipsoid.

Taste / Smell

Good but the skin on the cap should be removed before cooking. Should be cooked before consumption.

Frequency

Fairly common.

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