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Fomes fomentarius

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I wrestled with the option of whether or not to try to identify and place names to my fungus images.  The study of fungi is done by specialists known as a "mycologists" who have many years of education and specialize in identification.  There are many techniques used to identify a mushroom and it simply cannot be done by visual inspection alone.  Incorrectly identifying a mushroom can have deadly consequences if eaten.

While I have tried to link images with fungus names, I am but a lay person and have used books and images to try to look up, categorize and name the species.  My identification should in no way be relied upon and may be completely inaccurate!

There are many toxic mushroom "look-alikes"  that resemble edible ones.  You should UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES  rely up on any of these images to identify edible, toxic or medicinal organisms/plants.  Some mushrooms and fungi are DEADLY  poisonous and their effects do not show up until it is too late to save yourself.  YOU alone are responsible for properly identifying any mushrooms that you may be interested in.  I have attached names to images which I merely THINK resemble the species.

I am grateful for corrections to taxonomic determinations, please contact me at FreeTiiuPix 

 

Fomes fomentarius
[Tinder Polypore, Hoof Fungus]

Fomes fomentarius is also known as "Tinder Polypore, Tinder Fungus, Hoof Fungus, Tinder Conk, or Ice Man Fungus". This large bracket fungus fruits mainly on Birch trees, but also on other deciduous trees and logs including Beech and Sycamore.  Tinder fungus was used for lighting fires since it burns very slowly, hence the name.

Easy to identify, annual layers of growth result in a large horse's hoof-shaped structure up to 15 cm wide with their height exceeding their width.  While the upper infertile surface is light grey to blackish-grey with shades of brown, the spore-bearing underside is pale grey-brown at first, becoming darker brown.  Pores are spaced 2 to 3 mm apart.

 

Tinder Polypore bracket fungi Fomes fomentarius Hoof Fungus

Tinder Fungus - 1
[Photographed in Northern Ontario, Grundy Lake Provincial Park]

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Tinder Polypore bracket fungi Fomes fomentarius Hoof Fungus

Tinder Fungus - 2
[Photographed in Northern Ontario, Grundy Lake Provincial Park]

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Tinder Polypore bracket fungi Fomes fomentarius Hoof Fungus on Birch tree

Tinder Fungus - 3
[Photographed in Northern Ontario, Grundy Lake Provincial Park]

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White tinder fungus on birch tree.

Tinder Fungus - 4
[Photographed in Northern Ontario, Grundy Lake Provincial Park]

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Tinder Polypore bracket fungi Fomes fomentarius Hoof Fungus

Tinder Fungus - 5
[Photographed in Northern Ontario, Grundy Lake Provincial Park]

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Tinder fungus bracket fungi looks like horse hoof.

Tinder Fungus - 6
[Photographed in Northern Ontario, Grundy Lake Provincial Park]

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