Capable of surviving being frozen solid this fungi can be found throughout the winter.
|Scientific Name||Flammulina velutipes|
|Average Mushroom height (CM)||3|
|Average Cap width (CM)||10|
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.
Growing on dead stumps and trunks of deciduous trees, particularly elm. Sometimes found on diseased living trees. Can grow in huge tiers and groups.
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.
Taste / Smell
Good but the skin on the cap should be removed before cooking. Should be cooked before consumption.