mystery fungus

Please try to include photos to show all parts of the fungus, eg top, stem, and gills.
Note any smells, and associated trees or plants (eg oak, birch). A spore print can be very useful.
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Linda Quiltmaniac
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mystery fungus

Post by Linda Quiltmaniac » Mon Dec 28, 2020 6:43 am

Greetings! Thanks for adding me to your group. I have been trying to identify this fungus for some time. It has the shape of King Alfred's Cakes (Daldinia concentrica) but hasn't really changed colour much except it gets darker when wet. The outer tan/pinky surface hasn't changed at all in a few months. The first photo was taken on the 8th of November and the last on Christmas Day. It is very hard, is on a large dead tree trunk, and there are other brackets (and King Alfred's Cakes) nearby. What do you think it could be? It is firmly attached to the substrate and is driving me crazy!

Thanks so much for your help.
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taken on November 8th
taken on November 8th
taken on 8th November to show size
taken on 8th November to show size
taken on November 8th
taken on November 8th
taken on December 20th after a rain
taken on December 20th after a rain
taken on Christmas Day
taken on Christmas Day
taken on 11th December; Daldinia concentrica can be seen below
taken on 11th December; Daldinia concentrica can be seen below

Stonecrop
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Re: mystery fungus

Post by Stonecrop » Mon Jan 11, 2021 6:26 pm

I love the 3rd photo! Looks like an alien planet....

Vaguely resembles Oak Bracket (Inonotus dryadeus). I find it can be quite a variable looking bracket, especially if growing in quite a deformed way like in that photo.
Can you ID the tree it is growing on?
Most certainly appears to be a Polyporus of some kind!...

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Re: mystery fungus

Post by Linda Quiltmaniac » Mon Jan 11, 2021 7:31 pm

Thanks so much! I will look into that. It could certainly have been an oak as the trunk is very large and there are other oaks around. And I have been thinking it might be Inonotus dryadeus, so perhaps it is that.

You are the first person to respond to numerous requests for id's from various sites and people. I really appreciate it.

I'm very unhappy to report that someone pulled it off the substrate and it's no longer there. I feel like I lost a friend as I looked forward to seeing it on my walks. I have dozens of photos of it, and it didn't change very much over the months I was studying it. It was extremely hard and very firmly attached to the substrate which has been damaged where it was pulled off. I feel so sad every time I walk past it now.
I am a nature photographer who has become fascinated by fungi. I live in The Chilterns in Oxfordshire and am trying to identify all the fungi that I photograph on a daily basis. I'm very grateful for any help you can give. Thanks!

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Re: mystery fungus

Post by Stonecrop » Mon Jan 11, 2021 9:20 pm

No worries, let's hope we've got the ID correct!

Sorry to hear it's been broken off. :-(

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Re: mystery fungus

Post by Linda Quiltmaniac » Wed Jan 13, 2021 9:41 pm

Thanks again

Linda
I am a nature photographer who has become fascinated by fungi. I live in The Chilterns in Oxfordshire and am trying to identify all the fungi that I photograph on a daily basis. I'm very grateful for any help you can give. Thanks!

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