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Horsehoof Fungus (post bushfire)

Fomitiporia robusta (formerly Phellinus robustus)

Description:

A bracket polypore and club fungi species, "horsehoof fungus" is very appropriately named. It belongs to the family Hymenochaetaceae, and occurs naturally in Queensland. This one was burnt during recent bushfires. It's a firm and woody species, and attached to the tree by a broad lateral base. Frequently creviced when old, at first cinnamon brown, darkening to black, margin entire, reddish brown. Pore surface plane, often creviced, with a sterile border 2–5 mm wide, reddish brown to dark brown. It is a very unique-looking and handsome species, and I never tire of seeing it. NB: This specimen has lost it's original colour and is now largely dark grey and creamy white. Also see notes.

Habitat:

Spotted along the Peak Trail in Girraween National Park. This specimen was growing on a eucalyptus tree (sp. unk). Area largely dry sclerophyll forest, and foliage is much greener and lush since the drought has broken. Girraween was also subject to massive bushfires in Feb, 2019, but the area is slowly recovering. Here's some park info - http://www.rymich.com/girraween/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Girraween_...

Notes:

A beautiful, young specimen I spotted a few years back. Note the rich cinnamon colour and distinctive horsehoof shape.... https://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/33... My current spotting is larger, but it would have had the same colour. I don't even know if this specimen is still alive as the fire burnt its way right up into the canopy of the tree. You can see were the fire damaged the pore surface, and I am surprised that the fungus didn't just burn off completely. It is a tinder fungus after all.

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2 Comments

Neil Ross
Neil Ross a month ago

Many thanks, Tukup. I've posted a number of spottings of Fomitiporia robusta, and they've all been very different, growing in diverse areas and displaying various strong characteristics. Hit the tag and you'll see what I mean. It's a wonderful species and a definite fave of mine :)

Tukup
Tukup a month ago

Sad to see all the burnt trees, but good to see green creeping back in. Thanks for sharing this Neil. Great write-up.

Neil Ross
Spotted by
Neil Ross

Queensland, Australia

Spotted on Jun 20, 2019
Submitted on Apr 22, 2020

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