An interesting graft on a copper beech

When exploring the large parkland area I have spoken about a few times over the last few days, I came across a copper beech (Fagus sylvatica Atropurpurea) with a very discernible graft point. Looking closer, I also saw signs of fungal colonisation (unsure on species, though I suspect one from the Ganoderma genus).

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From this distance, it looks like someone tried to see if the beech worked in a similar fashion to Russian dolls!
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A closer look reveals just how significant the bulging is around the graft union. To the butt of the beech, we can also see a slight browning – perhaps an old fungal fruiting body?
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Looking more closely at the suspected fungal bracket region, it appears that there was indeed something there.
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On the other side of the base we can see another region suggestive of an old fungal bracket. From this image in particular, it appears that a Ganoderma species has colonised. I can only suspect as such however, as there were no in-tact fruiting bodies of any description near to or on the tree. Reaction growth around the base also indicates a selective white rot of some descript, of which Ganoderma species are.
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An interesting graft on a copper beech

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