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Inonotus nodulosus (?)

Observed: 29th October 2011 By: miked
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Inonotus nodulosus (?)

Have seen Inonotus nodulosus in Scotland and other countries but not in south of England where it is supposed to be rare. This is not the most typical specimen and there are galls etc on birches that could be confused with hence I am not very sure about ID.


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Cat L's picture

Could anyone give any more

Could anyone give any more information about this? Why is it rare in the south? what habitats does it like if it is Inonotus nodulosus? I've never come across this and would love to know more about it.

Refugee's picture

It is old

There is quite a bit of moss on it. I looked up Inonotus nodulosus and there are images of them that have rotted off after about a year or so. The image i see is of a long lived tree Gall that has been there long enough to get moss on it. Hoof fungi do last a long time but they are solid.


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Inonotus nodulosus is

Inonotus nodulosus is relatively common (well not rare) in Scotland, I have seen it a few times in the highlands and also seen it in similar habitats and similar or further distance north in Finland and Russia(where it is sometimes used in treatment of cancer and other conditions).
It has been found a few times in New Forest but according to 'Fungi of the new forest' it has occurred there on Beech rather than the more usual Birch.

I did not think this specimen was a gall as it was in charcoal like nodules that would break off unlike most galls, there was no birch sprouting anywhere near it.