Daedaleopsis confragosa on willow (Salix sp.)

During the autumn months of last year, I came across this decent-sized sporophore of the blushing bracket (Daedaleopsis confragosa). From memory, this was a crack willow (Salix fragilis), though I honestly cannot remember. Regardless, it’s a very good example of what this fungus can achieve without being ‘bruised’ (where the bracket turns red on the upper surface). The heartwood of this host will be subject to a white rot. As a willow species, such degradation is not particularly favourable, as the wood is generally rather weak.

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Upon the main stem, from afar.
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Coming in for a closer look, the bracket’s subtle morphology begins to become more evident.
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As always, a lovely pattern atop. We can see this is, at least in part, two-tiered.
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A look at the underside of the bracket.
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Daedaleopsis confragosa on willow (Salix sp.)

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