I really need to spend some time getting to know all the names of each part of a fungus. I spend more time trying to identify them from pictures and photos, than I would spend systematically identifying from the various attributes that each mushroom has. Today, I found an excellent on-line key for mushroom ids, developed by two Danish guys, Jens H Peterson & Thomas Læssøe. It’s called the MycoKeys online Morphing Mushroom Identifier.
This reminds me of a brilliant post I read a few months ago, whilst attempting to identify a lichen species. The person who wrote the post, I think his name is Ben Dolphin, lives up on the Lomond Hills. His whole blog is brilliant (even if it is on a rival platform to wordpress! Lol!), but this particular post just sums up how I still feel about identifying lichens, mosses, liverworts and fungi. His post is called “Have you ever had an argument with a wildlife ID book?“.