More Fungi

Introduction to fungus biology

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Laetiporus sulphureus (Polyporus sulphureus) - Sulphur Polypore, Chicken of the Woods grows on deciduous tress, especially Oak and Sweet Chestnut.

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The Sulphur Polypore's sporing bodies appear in autumn.

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Above: Tremella mesenterica (Yellow Brain Fungus, Golden Jelly Fungus, Yellow Trembler) is a basidiomycete jelly fungus. This soft, gelatinous (when wet) fungus grows on dead branches of gorse and deciduous trees, with its sporing bodies erupting through the bark. The sporing bodies appear in Autumn and Winter.

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Above: Piptoporus betulinus - The Birch Polyporegrows on Birch trees and its sporing bodies can be seen throughout the year. the undersurface is whitish and porous.

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Above: Ganoderma - large brackets up to 50 cm across that grow parasitically on the trunks of deciduous trees throughout the year and stain the trunk red with their shed spores. Seen here growing on Beech (Fagus sylvatica).

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Coriolus versicolor (Trametes versicolor) - The Many-zoned Polypore, Rainbow Bracket Fungus. Grows on fallen and decaying wood of deciduous trees and can be found all year round.

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Above and below: Phlebia tremellosa (Merulis tremellosus) - Trembling Merulius is found on decaying stumps and logs of deciduous trees. The spore-releasing surface consists of an irregular network of pores with a gelatinous or waxy appearance.

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Above and below: Phlebia tremellosa (Merulis tremellosus) - Trembling Merulius.

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Above: Hypoxylon nummularium an encrusting pyrenomycete fungus (a type of ascomycete). The stroma (flesh of the sporing body) is hard and black and the minute flask-shaped spore-producing perithecia are embedded with the flesh.

Useful web site: http://joebartok.blogspot.com/2011/10/confusing-fall-fungi.html