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Red oak that took one hell of a beating in some storm or other and has/had Laetiporus munching its way through the heart, has now put on a fine triple stemmed reiterating canopy and is feeding off its self.

 

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Is the Laetiporus confirmed from previous seosons fruiting David?

 

Jake Andrews

 

 

Yes Jake, there was a small remnant of a long desiccated chicken bracket that I didn't take an image of whilst I was there today, plus I've seen it fruit on this tree before.

it's rife through the red oaks here at work.

 

 

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Yes Jake, there was a small remnant of a long desiccated chicken bracket that I didn't take an image of whilst I was there today, plus I've seen it fruit on this tree before.

it's rife through the red oaks here at work.

 

 

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Ah ok. I only ask as I had a large stand of Salix alba to survey today and there was multiple failures throughout due to a brown heart rot. Just trying to get an idea of what it might be. My first thought was Laetiporus but found no evidence of dessicated brackets anywhere.

 

Jake Andrews

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What's happened to the amazing Beech tree in the original post?

 

 

Still standing and blowing both minds and bio mechanical perceptions.

Really should share this one with Duncan

 

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But as Ali alluded to on the Arbcology FB page there is now extensive colonisation by both Kretzshcmaria deusta and Perenniporia fraxinea in between two of the semi autonomous units.

 

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We'll be looking to reduce the sail on this section later this year.

 

 

What's particularly interesting with the natural bracing is that we can compare them with an image from the 1950's.

 

The orientation of the front brace has lowered slightly due to the stem that it's fused to having subsided to some degree.

 

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Yes, get an email over to Duncan, he'd love to see it. And I'm sure there may well be need for a new type and term for this particular natural brace.

 

Supporting wood all ways looks like muscle to me and it's a good analogy for explaining to a layman. It's especially amplified on the arm like braces we see on this Beech.

 

Great stuff! :-)

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