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Tiered tooth (Hericium cirrhatum) (3)

Observed: 10th March 2013 By: anonymous spotter
Tiered tooth (Hericium cirrhatum)
Tiered tooth (Hericium cirrhatum)
Description:

Tiers of white shell-shaped brackets growing on the trunk of an oak tree. Individual brackets 15cm across. Upper surface smooth with wavy edge. Fallen brackets at base of tree. Flesh soft and broke up when handled. No stem seen. No special odour or taste. Fallen bracket taken home and photo taken on ruler. 0.5cm long conical, pointed crowded spines on under surface. According to the identification books Tiered tooth is rare so I have doubts about my identification. However, I don't know what else it could be.

Identifications

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Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Chicken of the Woods (Laetiporus sulphureus) interacts

Comments

D.M.H.'s picture

Polypore

These are not spines/teeth but the result of decay on pore bearing surface. Sorry cant say I recognise species. Was this growing on Oak?

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Polyp ore

Thanks for the explanation. Yes it was on oak. I have never seen Chicken of the Wood, but when I first handled the fungus it made me think of chicken. Do you think flaxton is correct?

D.M.H.'s picture

Mal usually is hence my

Mal usually is hence my agreement ;-)

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