Has anyone seen one of these?

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An alien import? A diverse mutation? A mistake?
What is it?
We have searched all our various books on fungi and can’t find any kind of reference to a cluster like this.

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It’s growing in solitary splendour on the road side verge running along by the side of our River Meadows. No other fungi in sight.
If you have any ideas – please let me know!

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