Author: Chris Coatham

Hygrophorus hypothejus- the Herald Of Winter

The appearance of Hygrophorus hypothejus– commonly known as The Herald of Winter- traditionally signals the beginning of winter and the end of the mushroom season. Hygrophorus mushrooms- commonly…

Leratiomyces ceres- the Redlead Roundhead

Leratiomyces ceres is a common and easily recognised fungus which can be found throughout the Botanics from summer to late autumn. It grows mainly on woodchip mulches but…

Leucoagaricus croceovelutinus- a new fungi record for the Botanics

Leucoagaricus croceovelutinus, also known as the Blushing Dapperling, is rare saprobic fungus found on decaying leaf litter, often with conifers . This particular collection was made under mature…

New Fungus at the Botanics

This webcap mushroom- believed to be┬áCortinarius ochroleucus– has recently been found growing at the Botanics. The fungus, which is a new record for Edinburgh (Vice County 83), was…

New record for rarely seen fungus

A rare (or rarely recorded) fungus has been found on at least two of the Quercus species on the oak lawn at RBGE: Dichomitus campestris is a small…

Magnolia sieboldii ssp. sinensis

This beautiful Magnolia sieboldii ssp. sinensis is currently flowering in the copse area of RBGE. Click photos to enlarge.

Sulphur Polypore

This stunning Laetiporus sulphureus fungus- commonly known as sulphur polypore or chicken of the woods- has recently appeared on a Nothofagus betuloides in the garden. The fungus causes…

Bracing a Zelkova sinica

Last week the Arboretum team installed Boa bracing in this Zelkova sinica. The fork at the base of the tree had become unstable in recent high winds so…