Sunday, 15 November 2015

Cushion fungus

The cushion fungus (Phellinus pomaceus) usually occurs on the branches of cherry or plum trees, wild and cultivated.  I found this one on a dead branch of cherry in the old tree nursery near post 16 in Filnore Woods. 

It gets into the tree via a wound of some sort, and makes the branch brittle so that it may snap off.  Not so good, you may think but on the other hand it does a good job of clearing up dead cherry and plum trees.

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