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Observed: 16th December 2010 By: mm25739
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - course complete
mm25739’s reputation in Fungi and Lichens

Growing on an old beech tree. Is this the same species as grows on birch? See also a witches broom on a Scots pine in next submission


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  • Witches broom (Taphrina ?)
    Confidence: I'm as sure as I can be.
Species interactions

No interactions present.


jan_rix's picture

couldn't this be a large nest?

it does look like it from the way it is positioned on the branch

RHoman's picture


There seem to be 2 factors involved here. 1) the branches near the mass of material have been pruned and there has been a fair amount of new thin growth as a consequence. 2) twigs have either collected in or, as suggested above, been placed in the new growth giving the impression of a witches' broom.

Robert Homan