a small crowded bracket group

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a small crowded bracket group

Post by coffeeman » Fri Nov 11, 2016 8:30 pm

this collection of small brackets are growing at the very base of a standing but dead birch tree.

barely extending 2cm out from the bark, they are a deep brown when wet, much paler and wrinkled when dry and have a pale edge. The underside is quite lumpy and there appear to be no pores, just a sugary-textured surface yet it is yielding oval spores which are smooth, white and 4.5-6.5 x 2.8-3.9.

I considered Root Rot (Heterobasidion annosum) as it is almost tumbling over the start of the tree's roots, but that has slightly spiky spores.

thanks in anticipation, Alan
colour dry
colour wet
underside closeup

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