Large amount's on beech from 4.5cm to 7cm larger one's higher up in tiers,very hard with a lighter edge.
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The overall shape is not right the colour of the pores is not right and the lack of a spore deposit is not right so I am sure this is not G australe but I can give no other identification.
What about Fomes fomentarius? That usually grows into a hoof shape bracket like this.
I had thought of that one Chris but thought the colour was wrong,also the tree was heavily infested with this.I also wonder if the colour of this changes if we have prolonged spells of very cold weather as it has been below freezing here at night for over 8 weeks.I will go back with hacksaw and get a shot of a cross section,as my pen knife would not cut through.
I does'nt look right for Fomes either:( It looks a bit like Fomitopsis pinicola but it is not on Pine.
I saw F.pinicola up your way Mal, at Studley Royal to be precise. Apparently it's pretty rare in Britain? Have you seen it before?
Is there anyway we can get a positive ID on this? What about spore microscopy? It looks very rusty-red in colour and almost appears to be "melting" in a river of growth beneath the principle bracket. Was it definitely growing on Beech Sheila? The bark looks a bit to rough to me for Beech, which generally has smooth bark.
It was definatally broad leaved tree,the planting is beech,birch a few elm and holly I could only be 100% if I wait for buds to come out but there are no pine tree's in that area. I agree that it did seem to have a river of growth coming from the principle bracket. I have never seen this anywere else in my area. I will get another sample and post more picture's as this is now bugging me,also could I send a sample somewere.
Well, F.pinicola is known on some species of broadleaf tree. Such as Alder and Birch. But I'm unsure about Beech. Could be Phellinus? Some of them are very rusty looking like this.
I am trying one or two contacts which might be able to help.
Will get more shot's next wednesday and put them on my microscope is only x40 so see how good a pic I can get have got a manual one but cannot get a pic from that one as dosn't connect to the computer.
I have added three pictures of the pores measured in mm the first is a cross section and 2,3 are of the pores but 3 is correct colour.I looked at the tree again and there are only oak leaves on the ground in that are so even though it is dead (no more) I would go for oak not beech as I said before.I was going to see if it gives a spore printor not.
Hope this help's with the ID.
I've been hoping this would get an ID, brilliant! Great collaboration, thanks to you and Flaxton.
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I did all the microscope work but the final id came from a friend. Even with a microscope and lots of books it is not always possible to get a definitive id so it is always good to get a result like this.
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