A great example of Fistulina hepatica

Back in autumn of 2015, I came across this very large oak that was host to a sublime sporophore of the beefsteak fungus (Fistulina hepatica). Usually rather beaten, bruised, and odd in shape, this one adopted a brilliant form that’s textbook-worthy.

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Only slightly beaten at the ‘stalk’, this sporophore is certainly in its mature stage.
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A side profile reveals a felt-like  in appearance underside.
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Hardly damaged whatsoever, beneath!
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Here it can be seen upon its host, just above the bramble line.
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A great example of Fistulina hepatica

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