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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No interactions present.
There might also be some Cramp Balls (Daldinia concentrica) above the Hooves.
on this tree
in the preferred method for two species identifications in the same photograph.
iSpot does not support multiple species per entry.
My fungus reference book notes that hoof fungus is only found in the highlands of scotland?
There is a discussion about this here: http://www.wildaboutbritain.co.uk/forums/fungi-forums/66776-fomes-foment...
Interesting...the plot thickens!
Common in Scotland, less so S of the border but perhaps increasing. There are plenty of examples from England on iSpot.
Just goes to show that reference books are only just that!
Thanks for info and help.
I would say this is certainly not typical of Fomes fomentarius, more likely Ganoderma but still not convinced about that.
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.
Re hoof fungus see http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/245874
Bracket fungi can be surprisingly difficult to ID.
Lat/Lng: 51.1583, -2.4807
OS grid ref: ST664400
Upper Woolgrove Wood, small deciduous wood