It’s damp and drizzly again and while I might not like the weather there are certainly things that thrive when it’s moist outside. Fungus for example. Jack and I haven’t been to the forest in a few days and I was surprised to see this big bright piece of flaming fungus grown so large in 3 days. I swear it wasn’t there on Friday. It fits right in with the October colours all around it, but I didn’t expect to see fungus in a frilly orange party dress.
It is beautiful bright color, but I fear it spells doom for the tree.
Well, shit, Charly. I love that tree. It’s a grand, mid-aged black cherry.
Well, I am not a mycologist, but it looks like Laetiporus sulphureus. or another species of that genus. When growing on a living tree, it causes the heartwood rot that I have mentioned with regard to my own cherry tree -- the tree can grow for years without apparent damage on the outside (excepting the occasional fungus), but it gets hollowed out and eventualy breaks. Coincidentaly, Laetiporus sulphureus. growth on a cherry tree was exactly an example used in situ to explain heartwood rot to us during my studies at the uni.
Sorry for being a killjoy, but that tree is a ticking time bomb.
The fungus is likely edible, but I would let first let the species confirm by someone more familiar with it before eating it.
I agree with Charly: I too think it is Laetiporus sulphureus. Some portions are edible, but some people have a reaction to it, and even so it must be very thoroughly cooked so I too would advise caution.
I really love the slug logjam going on behind it in the second photo. “There’s not enough room on this tree for all of us!”
Ice Swimmer says
The glistening wetness is beautiful.
Marcus Ranum says
There’s a fungus amongus!
@Marcus : :D
What a bright beautiful fungus! Those grow here sometimes too and I’m always fascinated by them.
We finally got a good soaking here the last few days and I’m hoping the first mushrooms will start to appear everywhere any time now. I’ll go looking for them in the weekend…