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Sep 6, 2010 3:20 PM

Red tree fungi to ID please

A friend has asked me if I could help him identify this. He photographed it in Weald Park in Brentwood a few days ago. It was growing both inside a rotting tree, and higher up some live ones too (he thinks maybe oak, but can't remember). We thought it looked like Pycnoporus cinnabarinus, but the underside of our specimen looks a bit pale for that, and since it's supposed to be rare in England, we wondered if it might be a more common species. We'd be very grateful for an ID.

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    Sep 27, 2010 9:52 AM (in response to Araminta)
    Re: Red tree fungi to ID please

    My fungi bothering colleague tells me that this is the Beefsteak fungus, Fistulina hepatica, which is what I would have said in passing - but not with any level of confidence. I understand that the appropriately named Beefsteak fungus is edible, but probably in the same way that you could make a 'nice' broth from the soles of your shoes if times get hard (or have I been watching too much Laurel & Hardy )

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