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Fungus on horse chestnut

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I've been sent this picture of a friends mature conker tree. It's a pink flowering tree that has a few problems (leaf miner, bleeding canker, and a wet patch at the base) but it's a pretty tree so hope it can be retained.

Can anyone tell me what this is?

It's about the size of a tennis ball and has grown recently.


Edited by G13469

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I thought it was also that slime mould, ageing from the young white to the harder silver then brown body. It grows a lot round here on hazel but I wasn't sure about it growing on chestnut.


Some good photos here:


APHOTOFUNGI - Photographic Stock Image Library Page for Enteridium lycoperdon synonym Reticularia lycoperdon -...


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