Rosette of brackets standing up on a fallen deciduous rotting log...
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Did you by any chance cut it in half to see if the flesh was coloured.These are to me so annoying as when you see it you think well this is so striking it will be easy to ID.I now have given up on that idea as have been proved wrong on nearly every occasion.I will also now spend the afternoon searching and pulling my hair out and will probably get no further forward than you have.I did zoom in on the under surface and the pores look tube like,did you think it was spiny underneath.
I thought the pores were small holes rather than spines. I didn't break it to see inside - not yet having had my G. applanatum vs G. australe lesson when I came across it... I've now obtained a microscope so in principle will be able to gather more data in the future when I've figured out what to do with it :-D
Sorry have not described what I meant very well.I was trying to say that the pores were tube-like (deep)I too bought a microscope but it is not good enough for the spores so have put one on my Christmas list.I think with brackets there are rather a few pore shapes to so your microscope will help with that too,good luck with the microscope.
Thanks for the comments and for your suggestion, Janet... I guess we may never know for definite what this was... and it looked so distinctive when I first saw it!
I revisited this fungus yesterday, broke a bit off and photographed it so you can see the depth of the pores. Then I brought the broken bit home and photographed the pores through the microscope. Not sure how much this helps with the ID but was great fun!
I do the same but sometimes no wiser on what it is,the pore depth help plus shape of pores too. but what amazes me it the tiny insects you sometimes find.I don't think I would eat wild fungi after seeing how they hide so well,plus would not trust my identifications enough.
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