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Some fungi are very poisonous so a mistaken ID could have serious consequences.
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I'll watch for it reappearing and can then take more observations... what tests should I do and what precautions are needed?
Will cutting it to test if it's beefsteak fungus, or not, cause it to spread?
No tests needed just a photo when it is mature.
does that mean if it goes black it is innonotus hispidus, or do the other two go black too? i.e. is that the mature stage or is there an in-between?
Hispidus will mature to a solid fruit-body red and hairy on top, Ganoderma resinaceum will be hard with a red and shiny upper surface and Fistulina will have a red and hairy top but be rubbery in texture. They are much easier to split from a photo when they are mature.
I've found more photos at later stages...
"No tests needed just a photo when it is mature." Who spouted this rubbish ;)
Not the definitive result I was hoping for.
I am sure it is not Fistulina. I don't think it is an Inonotus and it looks to be an annual so I would now (very tentatively) go for G resinaceum.
how about Ganoderma Pfeifferi?
Possibly but this normally grows at the base of already dead or dying trees, is perennial and has a yellow wax on the lower surface during the winter. If someone comes forward who knows the species and confirms then fine but from my limited knowledge I don't think it is.
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