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A fungal infection

8 Oct

Everything has its ‘day’ these days from poets to smiles and even cats. So it should be no surprise to learn that today is UK Fungus Day when all things mucid and mycological are celebrated. There’s a truly irritating video “celebrating the importance of fungi in every aspect of our lives” here. My knowledge of fungi identification is somewhat limited so the the most I’ll say about the two specimens I’ve posted is that they are both bracket fungi, probably a Ganoderma of some some sort, and they can’t be doing those trees any good at all.

Fruits of the forest

22 Jun

According to those that know about these things this yellow fungus is not only edible but quite possibly tastes like chicken. I’ll take their word for it. It looks like someone or something has taken a bite out of it already. This is Laetiporus sulphureus or chicken of the woods and this specimen is on that well known forest glade known as Fairfax Avenue.

Festive fun

26 Dec

And how did you spend your Christmas morning? Why trying to identify this fungus since you ask. And did you succeed in your mycological quest? Erm, no. The best I can come up with is that it’s a bracket fungi (well, d’oh!) possibly an Alder Bracket though, as all the guides say, identification is tricky.  These guys are sprouting out of that dead chestnut tree I posted a while back on the ‘decay’ theme day .
Here they are with a bit of colour.

The weekend in black and white should be here if it hasn’t been consumed by all the seasonal goings-on.