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Birch Polypore?

Observed: 28th January 2012 By: stoneage
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - current student
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This hard bracket fungus was fairly large and was found on the trunk of an unknown deciduous tree.
It was found in a small deciduous wood called Upper Woolgrove Wood.


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Species interactions

No interactions present.


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There might also be some

There might also be some Cramp Balls (Daldinia concentrica) above the Hooves.

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Yes, quite an impressive array of fungi

on this tree

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Put the entry in twice

in the preferred method for two species identifications in the same photograph.
iSpot does not support multiple species per entry.

stoneage's picture

Hoof fungus

My fungus reference book notes that hoof fungus is only found in the highlands of scotland?

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There is a discussion about

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Interesting...the plot thickens!

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Sterry & Hughes say

Common in Scotland, less so S of the border but perhaps increasing. There are plenty of examples from England on iSpot.

stoneage's picture

I was not aware....

....of that.
Just goes to show that reference books are only just that!
Thanks for info and help.

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I would say this is certainly

I would say this is certainly not typical of Fomes fomentarius, more likely Ganoderma but still not convinced about that.

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When Ganoderma is old the rusty spores are no longer visible?

In this case there is an argument for Fomes based on lack of rusty spores

In this case I see rusty spores

I agree this is more likely to be Ganoderma.
The tree certainly is not birch.

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Re hoof fungus see

Re hoof fungus see
Bracket fungi can be surprisingly difficult to ID.