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Beech Woodwart (Hypoxylon fragiforme)

Observed: 24th December 2009 By: Blewit Boy
Cardiff Naturalists' Society
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Description:

small spherical knobbly growths, woody and hard to the touch, growing on surface of bark, on felled wood that lay on woodland floor.

Identifications

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Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

Martin Harvey's picture

King Alfred's Cakes?

It looks a bit like the King Alfred's Cakes fungus, in which case it might be worth editing this observation so that it appears in the Fungi group for further confirmation.

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Exobasidium's picture

King Alfred's Cakes

Cut the spheres. If they contain concentric rings it is King Alfred's Cakes. If it has no specific structure it will be a Hypoxylon. What is the tree species?

Blewit Boy's picture

I'm unsure..........

I'm unsure what tree species this was growing on. If they are King Alfred's Cakes, then I presume they must be very immature, because they were only about 5-10mm across. I now think this may be Hypoxylon, possibly H.fragiforme (Beech Woodwart).

chris