A few days ago, not far from the sea, while photographing the typical springtime stuff for the NEWS FROM THE MEADOWS series, I took also a few shots of a small mushroom that I didn't expect to find there.
This is the Psathyrella candolleana, and is quite common here in autumn, when it can be found in big numbers on the seaside terrains with short grass.
As you can clearly see on this shot taken from above, the mushroom has grown in between the thorny leaves of the Scolymus hispanicus thistle.
I noticed that these mushrooms, at least here, often grow like this, surrounded by thorns. It's not always the case, but on the meadows with Scolymus hispanicus, or some other thistle, I didn't check the exact species of plant every time, I always see them in this kind of arrangement.
Sometimes the thorny growth around them is much more exuberant, sometimes you see the little umbrellas peeking under the large folded leaves.
Today, while putting together this short post, I found out that the mushroom is edible ... but not recommended due to its poor culinary value and consistency, as well as difficulty in identification. Some sources say that the flavor is nice, but there is not much flesh.
And that's all I can tell you about this small, pretty generic looking mushroom today ... had I found it in autumn - this wouldn't be a big deal, but now, in spring ... it was a highly valuable catch :D that gave me the opportunity to publish a Fungi Friday post out of the fungi season in my area.
As always in these posts on HIVE, the photographs are my work.