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48 minutes ago, Al Cormack said:

 

Found at the base of a pine tree. Is it an old Laetiporus bracket?

 

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Cheers

 

more likely dyer's mazegill Phaeolus schweinitzii, it mostly affect heartwood and smells of armillatox

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2 minutes ago, Steve Bullman said:

That’s what I was thinking, just couldn’t remember how to spell it 😅

I only know the common name as Phaeolus wasn't what it was called when I was learning

 

It causes quite spectacular butt failures as well as wind throw in the heaths around here, often as a result of old fire damage from heath fires. back in the day these whipped though the dried grass without apparently damaging the stem but scorching surface roots by which wounds the fungus gets in.

 

 

Nowadays in the absence of management the fires are much less regular but more severe as the fuel mass builds up.

 

My first boss always claimed that any scots pine over 100 year old would have it, and Jeyes fluid is the smell the infected  wood has

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