I had a little bit of ‘spare’ time this morning, so went to look at a line of poplars that I have passed many times before. There’s a really good Prunus spinosa nearby that is absolutely laden with Phellinus pomaceus, and therefore I thought I’d try my luck and see whether any of the poplars were showing signs of fungal decay. I was principally looking for Rigidoporus ulmarius, as I have seen it colonising poplar before, and thus, because these poplars are of decent size and age, there was at least some chance of one of the good dozen sporting a sporophore. Thankfully, and I am not kidding when I say this, the last poplar I looked at had one at its base, and if I hadn’t bothered to turn my head to look through some of the undergrowth I wouldn’t have seen it.
Below, I have attached some images that hopefully set the scene and give a good indication of what Rigidoporus ulmarius looks like, though of course my other posts of this fungus (obtainable via the sidebar under ‘Categories’) also help to demonstrate its host range and general morphology.