Tree trail becomes a fungus foray
January 29, 2016 by squirrelbasket
Jelly-like fungi on a rotting tree stump in Thompson’s Park, Cardiff
This year I will probably follow a tree in a small Cardiff park I hardly know – Thompson’s Park. But my latest search for a tree worthy of regular bulletins was overtaken by my wonder at all the fungi I saw on a damp afternoon walk there.
Thompson’s Park is one of Cardiff’s oldest, having opened to the public in 1891. I will no doubt share some general views in another post, but this time I am just excited by the fungi growing on the very old and decaying trees. Three of the species I saw were on one tall stump.
Rotting tree stump in Thompson’s Park
From the twigs sticking out of the top of the stump I decided it was probably a beech (Fagus sylvatica). Here are the fungi growing on it…
This is the brown jelly-like fungus shown in close-up at the top of this post. I think it might be wood ear or jelly ear (Auricularia auricula)
More of the jelly ears
This is some kind of pale bracket fungus
It was the colour of chewing gum
There was lots of it
A close-up – I think it may be purplepore bracket (Trichaptum abietinum) but I am not totally convinced
The third fungus was more familiar…
…I think it’s our old friend the turkeytail, Trametes versicolor
Lower down the stump the turkeytail was wet and much darker in colour
Another view of the fruitful stump
The next tree tempted me as a subject for tree-following this year.
Big old tree in Thompson’s Park
I think it is an oak (Quercus) of some sort, but it doesn’t look very healthy.
Can you see the fungus on the right-hand side of this scar on the trunk?
This is a pale bracket fungus so I am guessing another Trametes species – or even young turkeytail?
Finally, as it started to rain, I noticed that this tree, which is half falling down and which may be a horse chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum), was covered in orange fungi.
The orange was bright in the rain
These fungi had gills and little stalks – I think they are Panellus stipticus, the bitter oyster
Another species of fungus grew lower on the tree trunk…
…I think it may be sulphur tuft (Hypholoma fasciculare)
No doubt I have misidentified most of these fungi species, but I am sure you will all correct me where I am wrong!