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Cauliflower Fungus

Observed: 29th January 2011 By: Mushroom LadyMushroom Lady’s reputation in Fungi and LichensMushroom Lady’s reputation in Fungi and LichensMushroom Lady’s reputation in Fungi and LichensMushroom Lady’s reputation in Fungi and Lichens
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Description:

Aplogies for the badly focused shot. This fungus was growing about 2.3 m above ground on the branch of a broadleaf tree, probably beech. The colour was a slightly translucent cream, turning a rust brown at the ends. The size was 15-20 cm diameter.

Identifications

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Species interactions

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Comments

Fenwickfield's picture

not sure

this as associated with wood,parsitic on soil or at the base of the tree not on branches,plus it is lighter,but could be wrong

Fenwickfield

Mushroom Lady's picture

Yes, I know it's normally

Yes, I know it's normally found at the base of the tree, but I can't think what else it could be. It's a very definite cauliflower fungus shape. The colour doesn't worry me, because cauliflower fungi do brown with age, and the "innards" of this were a creamy colour, but it's hard to see with the poor exposure on the photo.

Mushroom Lady

Fenwickfield's picture

so hard to ID

I cannot think of anything else either,It is also classed as rare found in Wiltshire,but I wonder how much we should take as gospel in the book's,as I have found fungi in the wrong season,wrong tree and habitat so who know's,you will have to start carrying ladders with you next time

Sheila.

Fenwickfield

anonymous spotter's picture

I'm not sure -

of which species it is, but it's a really rather good photo!