Stropharia caerulea (Blue Roundhead)
Visited one of my local haunts University Park Nottingham. Always a pleasure to visit on a Sunday morning. The students still being in bed and most other visitors walk around the lake so I can usually roam around undisturbed.
The Blue Roundhead is an interesting fungus to see and photograph. The cap being between 3-8 cm across.
The most interesting feature is the umbo which is bluish-green to yellow-green. Slimy texture. The coloured umbo soon changes to a pale straw colour with only a hint of green. I came across this solitary fungus at the 'hint of green' stage. A little difficult to capture in a photograph but the colour can still be seen. Despite what you might think, it does not have a distinctive smell.
Its habitat is in grass/leaf litter - late Summer to Autumn. I found it during December 2014. It is not common and was my first sighting. Thanks to RR for confirming the identification from the photograph.
A cold day and it was nice to take refuge in my VW T25 for hot soup and flask of tea.
Below is a photograph showing the 'hint of green' on the cap umbo.
More photographs can be seen on Browse 5 at www.fungiworld.co.uk