PHOTOGRAPHING FUNGI FOR IDENTIFICATION
We are quite frequently sent pictures of fungi for identification
and it is often very difficult to identify fungi purely from these.
To have any chance, you should take several photos of them -
not just the top views, but also underneath, preferably by
digging one up carefully. You should provide as much additional
information as possible. One needs to see, for example:
how the gills (or pores) look (eg colour) & are attached;
what the stipe (stem) looks like;
whether there is a ring (and what sort) on the stipe (stem);
if it has rhizomes (roots) growing from the bottom of the
if it has a distinctive smell;
what it is growing on;
what type of tree is nearby (if any).
There also needs to be some idea of size, eg a scale, or maybe a
ruler or coin placed by the fungus.
Herefordshire Fungus Survey Group