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Toothed fungus

Posted: Thu Oct 06, 2016 7:52 am
by jimhowell
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We found this at Nymans Gardens, West Sussex, on a mossy log (probably Beech - no conifers nearby). The individual brackets were about 1 cm across. Toothed and with a distinctly blue top (with a hairy appearance). It looks like the description we have for Blue Tooth, but we understood this was largely confined to Scotland. Sorry, no microscopy, and apologies for the poor photo - the best we could do. Grateful for advice, please.

Re: Toothed fungus

Posted: Thu Oct 06, 2016 10:27 am
by Lancashire Lad
Hi,

Looks like you've got a young fruitbody of Postia subcaesia - Blueing Bracket. (Or possibly - Postia alni - if the host tree was Alder).

Both of which exhibit this type of blueing, and both of which are restricted to deciduous hosts.

(As opposed to, since you mention no conifers nearby, the other possibility, which would have been Postia caesia - Conifer Blueing Bracket).

Regards,
Mike.

EDIT - Finally managed to access the FRDBI, which shows no British records for P.alni, so in this case I'd say that P.subcaesia is the only realistic option.

Re: Toothed fungus

Posted: Fri Oct 14, 2016 7:58 pm
by jimhowell
Many thanks

We have gone back to check, found older specimens and completely agree. No conifers in the vicinity.

Best wishes

Jim