Monday, November 3, 2014

Life on a beech


Four different fungi, all on the same decaying beech tree trunk at Bowlees in Teesdale. Dead trees are a wonderful resource for fungi, mosses and many small invertebrates.




















I think this is yellow curtain crust Stereum hirsutum , growing on the cut end of the trunk.


















This is the young stage of the porcelaine fungus Oudemansiella mucida



















... and here it is with the slimy caps fully expanded























... and this is another Stereum species, although I'm not sure which. This is a young stage .....

















.... and this is the same at a more mature stage.




And finally, I think this is the many-zoned polypore aka turkey-tail fungus Trametes versicolor

6 comments:

  1. The Yellow Curtain Crust is really pretty. The fully opened Porcelain Fungus looks like a pile of fish!

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    1. It's covered in very slimy mucilage but if you wash that off it's reputed to be edible. I wouldn't fancy it!

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  2. Phil, I suspect all are Many- Zoned Polypores. Trevor and I have been trading pictures this last month and we have both found really young ones of something. It hasn't been a good season for fungi but the brackets are putting out young ones in profusion.

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    1. Think the dry September delayed them - lots beginning to appear now.

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  3. The Yellow fungi are beautiful.. I found similar yellow fungi on a cut tree trunk as I was hurrying to work. By the time I returned, they had all disappeared! Do wandering cows eat them?

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    1. I've seen deer eating toadstools, so maybe cows do too?

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