At its widest point this bracket measured about 8-9 cm.
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a very elderly beefsteak fungus, but
(a) I think the pores are wrong (should be circular not oval), and
(b) given your skills, I imagine you've already considered and dismissed that idea!
Could it be Blushing Bracket (Tramates rubescens)?
I've never seen a beefsteak fungus to my knowledge. I only took up an interest in fungi last autumn, so I haven't even seen the different states and varieties of fungi throughout the year. I don't think it's the beefsteak because if it were old, I would expect it to be bigger. It is not soft. The upper surface was quite hard and I couldn't see any radial furrows or warts. There was also no tackiness.
I'm not familiar with Tramates rubescens (it's not in my books), but I have considered Daedaleopsis confragosa as a possibility. However I saw another bracket, which I thought fitted that description better, and I have also posted up photos for that today.
Thanks again for your help.
Trametes rubescens is synonymus with Daedaleopsis confragosa. I presume T.rubescens is the fungi's old name which has been superseded by D.confragosa. Either way both are "Blushing Bracket".
Thank you. I didn't know that :)
interesting, the pores look similar to a polyporus (quite large and roundish) but not sure about red polypore species. don't think its Daedaleopsis confragosa.
is it an abies or similar conifer that its growing on?
That I can't tell you, because I don't really know my trees. That's something I'll have to address soon. It certainly looks like the bark of a conifer, but I couldn't say for certain.
Lat/Lng: 54.4, -6.5
OS grid ref: NW1315