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Phellinus pini

Observed: 22nd March 2011 By: ktmartinktmartin’s reputation in Fungi and Lichensktmartin’s reputation in Fungi and Lichensktmartin’s reputation in Fungi and Lichens

This fungus was on the body of the tree, with several other brackets higher up the tree.
I have seen similar on the ground at the base of this scots pine tree and some other trees nearby.


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Thanks for ID

Thanks for the ID. I've always thought that Inonotus favoured deciduous trees. Have you come upon it on Scots Pine?

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It does favour deciduous and

It does favour deciduous and no I have never come across a Scots Pine specimen so my suggestion could be wrong. It just doesn't look like any Phaeolus I have ever seen and all the ones I have seen have been on or very close to the ground.
Another possibility is an Inonotus sp. It would need spores and microscopic examination (for me anyway) to come up with any other suggestions.


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Ganoderma applanatum?

A tree surgeon has since identified this as Ganoderma applanatum. Maybe it is!

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Hi I am not a tree surgeon

I am not a tree surgeon but that is not a Ganoderma applanatum. It is very rare to find it on conifer and it is described as having small round pores 5-6 to the mm. Yours does not fit this at all so although I cannot be sure it is a Phaeolus (which has "laberinthine" pores)I am convinced it is not a Ganoderma.

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Thanks for the ID

I'll feed that back to the tree surgeon. Thanks.

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Katy This is not one I have

This is not one I have seen but as the last one found in Yorkshire was back in 1922 it is no surprise. Many of the records are in Scotland so quite likely. It is also know as Porodaedalea pini by some sources ;)

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Good to know