Visited Scotland earlier this week. I've made many visits over the years but never during the month of April. Very uplifting it was too - ablaze with vivid yellow daffodils and budding gorse, plus many new born lambs.
I revisited Crombie Park, near Arbroath, Angus, consisting of 200 acres of woodland and a loch. The ground was very dry and there was an absence of fungi. I did spot a peat bog though, and there the ground was more damp. Nearby was an old bonfire site with lots of dead, burnt wood lying around. I nearly missed it but heavily camouflaged was a small group of Bonfire Inkcap. This absolutely made my day! Many years of seaching for this.
Characteristics: up to 6 cm tall, firstly conical then expanding. At first the cap is covered in white/grey fibrillose veil remnants. When this has disappeared or partially so, the dark grey cap is striate from the margin edge inwards, taking on a grooved appearance.
The stem is white, woolly, but can be smooth in sections. The gills are dark, then black.
Found in burnt soil or charred wood. Uncommon.
|A perspective angle|
|Showing fibrillose veil remnants and striate texture on cap and pieces of burnt wood on cap|