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Heart Rot

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*** Warning ***

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 

 


 

“Heart rot” 
[Trametes versicolor, Climacodon septentrionalis, Polyporus squamosus and others.]

Heart rot is a fungal disease of trees that affects hardwood trees all over the world.  It causes the decay of wood.  Fungal fruiting bodies often grow near cracks or wounds of trees.  These fungi come in many colours, shapes and sizes.  When this occurs, the center of the tree becomes discoloured, soft, crumbling and spongy.

Heart rot fungi cannot infect a tree if it is healthy and its bark is intact. Fungal spores enter exposed wood that has been damaged in some way by insects, animals, weather or man.  Once the fungi is in the tree, it uses chemicals and enzymes to breakdown the wood for its food. The wood tissues slowly become eaten by the fungal spores.  Although the infection is a slow process and may take years to develop.  An extensive invasion of the wood tissue has already occurred if mushrooms and conks are evident.

The examples below are of white rot fungi.  There is also brown rot.  While trees may survive for many years with heart rot, they should be assessed by a professional to see if and how structurally sound they still are.  

 

Spongipellis pachyodon ??
[Soft Toothed Polypore]

Might this species be the beginnings of S. pachyodon?  Images of S. pachyodon do not exactly match the large specimen I photographed in Southern New York state growing from a large Oak tree.  This species also causes "heart rot" and the demise of trees.

This species, however, is described as being parasitic and saprobic; effused-reflexed and spreading on fallen logs and living hardwoods - particularly Oak.  It grows and overwinters.

"Pachyodon" means "with thick teeth" and although it is a polypore, it looks like a toothed mushroom.  Spongipellis pachyodon is a "poroid" fungus, meaning, it has pores that break up to form toothlike structures.  The fungus is white to dull yellow and spreads across the trunks of trees.  The fruiting body is variable in appearance appearing with or without caps, sometimes as a pore surface, sometimes with poorly developed caps.

 

Toothed spongipellis pachydon soft white wood rot on oak tree

Heart Rot - 1
[Photographed in Northern New York State]

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heart rot tree fungus growing in crack in tree bark

Heart Rot - 2
[Photographed in Northern New York State]

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Toothed spongipellis pachydon heart rot fungus oak tree

Heart Rot - 3
[Photographed in Northern New York State]

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heart rot tree fungus on bark Toothed spongipellis pachydon

Heart Rot - 4
[Photographed in Northern New York State]

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teeth of Spongipellis pachyodon tree fungus heart rot

Heart Rot - 5
[Photographed in Northern New York State]

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tan brown white tree fungus heart rot

Heart Rot - 6
[Photographed in Northern New York State]

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