Belongs to: fungi

Spindle shank Collybia fusipes

Best time to see: mid Jul to mid Nov

Key facts

A tawny-coloured fungus that grows in groups on the trunks of oak and beech trees, usually near the base

The stem is tough, grooved and twisted, and shaped like a spindle, i.e. thickening at the centre

Up to 6 cm across the cap and 9 cm tall; inedible because of its toughness

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