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Fungi on a dead branch

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Adjacent to the blossoming Mexican plum tree you recently saw in a picture from February 6th were these fungi growing on a dead branch. Mycologist David Lewis says they’re probably in the genus Trametes.

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

February 17, 2019 at 5:35 PM

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  1. the green background makes it so good.


    February 17, 2019 at 5:56 PM

  2. What a colossal find! That’s a stunning image.


    February 17, 2019 at 7:07 PM

  3. I’ve never seen anything quite like it. The structure reminds me of honeycomb, or a wasp nest. Looking at it, I might assume it was as dead as the limb it’s attached to. Alive or dead, its colors coordinate nicely with the wood.


    February 17, 2019 at 9:02 PM

    • I don’t think I’d ever seen anything of the sort, either. Your likening it to a honeycomb is apt in terms of appearance, if not in the distinction between inert and alive. Arithmetical me wondered how many little depressions there are in the fungus but I had no desire to count them.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 17, 2019 at 10:16 PM

  4. Beautiful patterns in those fungi, Steve. It does look like a bit like honeycomb, or even reticulum.

    Lavinia Ross

    February 17, 2019 at 10:36 PM

  5. The fungi remind me of reef coral.


    February 18, 2019 at 2:25 AM

    • From a television documentary the other night we learned that Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, which lies so close to Cairns, is home to several thousand species of sponges.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 18, 2019 at 6:21 AM

      • And even though I have been to Cairns many times I have yet to visit the Great Barrier Reef.


        February 19, 2019 at 4:48 AM

  6. Very odd looking. We get lichens, moss, and fungi on our trees here, because it is so wet. Some of our fungi is rubbery too. But nothing we have looks like this! Ours looks more like the the example shown in the article on Wikipedia. Hard and dry. Is this one hard and dry?


    February 18, 2019 at 8:52 AM

    • I think it’s dry and firm, but to tell you the truth, I never touched it. The reason I photographed it is that, like you, I’d never seen a fungus quite like this one.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 18, 2019 at 8:59 AM

      • Too funny! If I had been there I would definitely have petted it to see if it was soft or stiff… and then hoped that it didn’t close up on my hand and trap me there. 😉


        February 18, 2019 at 3:19 PM

        • I do usually touch the things I photograph. Somehow I didn’t in this case, but certainly not for fear it would grab me. Greenbrier vines and agarita, on the other hand, have often latched onto me.

          Steve Schwartzman

          February 18, 2019 at 3:32 PM

  7. […] one and then another recent post showed things I photographed along the northern end of Spicewood Springs Rd. on […]

  8. AKA Polypores. This is the underside, I believe. The top might identify them as one of the turkey tails…Trametes versicolor, one of my favorites and quite common here in New England.

    Steve Gingold

    February 19, 2019 at 6:50 PM

    • The word polypore had come into my head after I saw all those “pores” but I didn’t trust myself enough to go with it, given how little I know about fungi: essentially nothing. You’re more advanced.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 19, 2019 at 9:32 PM

      • I enjoy finding different mushrooms as well as wildflowers. I am no mycologist, but find them fascinating and so varied in their shapes and forms.

        Steve Gingold

        February 20, 2019 at 7:08 PM

        • Like you, I find their patterns and shapes intriguing, regardless of what they are scientifically.

          Steve Schwartzman

          February 21, 2019 at 7:16 AM

  9. It is so cool to see the web of life in action.


    February 28, 2019 at 8:05 AM

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