Think it may be honey fungus…

Above: this tree stump is six minutes’ walk from the Lion Gate of Kew Gardens.

On Sep 20, 2018, Kew Gardens tweeted this advice to an enquirer:

“Hi Simon, we would strongly advise against eating any fungi that you find. This looks like a Honey fungus but it’s difficult to be 100% sure from just one photo!”

Grace Brewer is a Phylogenomics Research Assistant currently working at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew on the Plant and Fungal Trees of Life (PAFTOL) project, which aims to gather and analyse genomic data for every genus of plant and fungus. On 24 October, 2019, she wrote at

“Honey Fungus (Armillaria mellea)

Honey Fungus is the common name given to several species of the fungus Armillaria.

It is the most destructive fungus in UK gardens, known for attacking and killing roots of many woody plants. 

In autumn, clumps of honey-coloured mushrooms (which are a type of reproductive structure) appear at the base of infected tree stumps. Unfortunately, there is no effective way to cure these trees; the only solution is to remove and destroy all infected root and stump material.”

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