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Fungi on wood

Observed: 23rd August 2010 By: lr66
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - current student
lr66’s reputation in Fungi and Lichens
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Small fungi growing on the railway sleepers which support our terrace.
Not very confident on the identification so I didn't eat it!


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flaxton's picture

This is not an Oyster.

This is not an Oyster. Unfortunately I cannot give any idea as to what it might be.

miked's picture

Are you sure it was growing

Are you sure it was growing on the railway sleeper itself rather than coming up from the soil underneath or to the side. assuming it was the sleeper then it looks a little bit like a pluteus which often grow on rotting wood

lr66's picture

Yes, definately on the

Yes, definately on the railway sleeper. It was on the cut end of an upright sleeper which holds up the side of some steps.

I foresee some major engineering work as this all rots away!

flaxton's picture

Neolentinus lepidus

This fungus was given the name the Train Wrecker or the Train Crash Fungus because of it growing on (and rotting)creosote soaked wood such as train sleepers. I don't think this is that fungus though.