barnbrock's picture

Fungus? in Parkhill Wood

Observed: 15th December 2010 By: barnbrock
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White candy floss like fungus on dead branches.


Caution: Do NOT use iSpot to identify fungi to eat!

Some fungi are very poisonous so a mistaken ID could have serious consequences.

    Likely ID
    Ice (Dihydrogen oxide)
    Confidence: I'm as sure as I can be.
Species interactions

No interactions present.


flaxton's picture

Ice Flowers

This looks to me more like "Ice flowers". Was it found after a cold night?

barnbrock's picture

Ice crystals

You could be correct, looking at link the frost beard looks like a very similar structure. It was a relatively cold night as I remember. On touch it did not feel particularly icey but the crystals would have been very fine. If seen again I will give it more than the cursory attention I did on the first occassion.

Syrphus's picture

I agree with Flaxton. See my

I agree with Flaxton. See my comment on



recording wildlife with The Recorder's Year on

dejayM's picture

one of three

Yes, it's ice - see
and the one above
I believe it to be quite rare in this form - common on moist ground.
John (barnbrock) if you are still active then add a few notes to Description via edit, which may have the effect of renewing interest. In any case it's a worthy thing to do.
This appears to be one of only three such observations and merits some more attention (in my opinion).
Also an interesting choice now occurs regarding Group - it should, correctly, Other Organisms.