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Tinder Fungus

Fomes fomentarius

Description:

Fomes fomentarius (commonly known as the Tinder Fungus, Hoof Fungus, Tinder Conk, Tinder Polypore or Ice Man Fungus) is a species of fungal plant pathogen found in Europe, Asia, Africa and North America. The species produces very large polypore fruit bodies which are shaped like a horse's hoof and vary in colour from a silvery grey to almost black, though they are normally brown. It grows on the side of various species of tree, which it infects through broken bark, causing rot. The species typically continues to live on trees long after they have died, changing from a parasite to a decomposer.



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sttweets
sttweets a year ago

Thanks @c.liberia. you made me pick up on this one :-)

c.liberia
c.liberia a year ago

Piptoporus betulinus ?

Barneveld, Gelderland, Netherlands

Lat: 52.24, Long: 5.70

Spotted on Oct 29, 2011
Submitted on Apr 26, 2012

Spotted for mission

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