Woodland fungus ID request

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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Woodland fungus ID request

Post by Mr Pleasant » Tue Nov 17, 2020 1:17 pm

Hi. Attached is a photo of a strangely shapeless fungus I spotted growing next to a fallen tree branch in the Coed y Bedw nature reserve just outside Cardiff in early November. The area is a protected ancient broadleaved woodland managed by a wildlife trust so although paths are kept reasonably clear, most of the site is left to nature. Conditions were mild and damp. I would estimate the fungus to have been around 6cm across the widest part. Any help identifying it would be greatly appreciated.
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Re: Woodland fungus ID request

Post by Lancashire Lad » Tue Nov 17, 2020 10:18 pm

Hi, and welcome to UK Fungi.

Sorry if this sounds rather blunt, but to suggest ID's on the basis of this one photo would be mere guesswork.
Whatever it is, it has been badly chewed or otherwise damaged, and It's not possible to tell from the top down photo/information provided whether we are looking at a gilled mushroom, or some sort of polypore.

Please take these comments in the spirit that they are intended. - We all fell foul of not providing the right sort of info & photos when we first started out with fungi. ;)

For future reference, if you have an ongoing interest in the subject, please take a moment to read http://www.fungi.org.uk/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=49 HELP US TO HELP YOU TO IDENTIFY YOUR FINDS, to see the sort of information generally needed when trying to identify people's finds.

If you read that post, you will see that a lot of information can be required in order to obtain confident ID suggestions. - And much of that information wouldn't necessarily be obvious to someone new to fungi identification. Almost all of us will have found that out very quickly when we first started!
We appreciate that you might not always be able to obtain all the necessary information, but the more details that can be provided, the better your chances will be.

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Re: Woodland fungus ID request

Post by Peachysteve » Wed Nov 18, 2020 6:44 am

Mike is right of course.
However if you would a guess then it could be Piptoporus betulinus - Birch Polyore - Razorstrop Fungus.
It look like Birch bark but the fungus has seen better days.

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Re: Woodland fungus ID request

Post by Mr Pleasant » Wed Nov 18, 2020 1:47 pm

Many thanks for that. If I'd known about this site when I was 'in the field' as it were I would have taken more shots, but alas I came home with only one. I would say I'll know for next time, but I already have another shot I'm intrigued about! I'll post that separately and brace myself for the comments!

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