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Unidentified at Suppressed - 18 Aug 2019
Unidentified at Suppressed - 18 Aug 2019
Unidentified at Suppressed - 18 Aug 2019
Unidentified at Suppressed - 18 Aug 2019
Unidentified at Suppressed - 18 Aug 2019

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Unidentified 18 Aug 2019 JackieMiles

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Closest I can come with book browsing is Postia sp. maybe? Growing on a long-dead branch of an old apple tree. The texture is dry and leathery but flexible, no smell, no staining. Some seem to be laterally attached and some dorsally but I'm pretty sure they are all the same species.


Pam wrote:
   18 Aug 2019
Nice looking 'polypore'. I wouldn't be going for postia because of the zonings of colour on the upper surface. I suspect you're right about them all being the same species. I'll have a look through some of my polypore material and see if anything fits. Thanks for getting such good details in the images as that will help.
   20 Aug 2019
I've added a close-up of the pores.
Pam wrote:
   20 Aug 2019
It's looking a bit like a Trametes versicolor? You would know that species what do you think? A couple of things; notice the more immature the specimen the wider that 'growing edge' is and the less defined the pores, the more rounded the general shape of the fungus. As the specimen matures that edge is narrower, the pores more defined and some are starting to get an elongated form. Also the colour is looking more golden in the centre. If you get a trametes and tilt it the pores can appear to change colour. If you are able to go back and look at it over time it would be interesting to see how it develops as none of these specimens appear to be completely mature. Some close on but not fully there.
   21 Aug 2019
We've had Tramettes versicolor often on old stumps and exposed dead roots, but it tends to form overlapping tiers of fruiting bodies and usually close to the ground, not relatively isolated ones like this high up on a branch. But it is easy access so I'll keep an eye on it.
Pam wrote:
   22 Aug 2019
I'm not fully comvinced it's T. versicolor. Though also do not want to rule out that sp. out of hand just yet.
   24 Aug 2019
Hi Pam, I checked again and I think the dry winds of the last couple of days will prevent these from developing any further. They've got no bigger and have gone from rubbery to brittle, so I think any hopes of photos of more developed fruiting bodies have been dashed. I'm pretty sure they are not T. versicolor (or if they are they are behaving most unlike any previous occurrences of that we've had here). Jackie
Pam wrote:
   25 Aug 2019
OK thanks for that Jackie.

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  • 18 Aug 2019 12:25 PM Recorded on
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