FRUITING BODIES OF SHELF FUNGI
Also called bracket or plate fungi
I want to post some of the beautiful fungi in our area called shelf fungi. They also are sometimes referred to as bracket or plate fungi because of the most common shape and sturdy, almost wood-like texture of these fruiting bodies.
You can find them in all sorts of interesting shapes, every color of the rainbow, and from teeny tiny to immense!
|These look like little skirts - very small,and growing on a twig|
|These are HUGE - as big as a turkey platter and growing on a fallen log.|
These images are merely a sampling - many more types exist and grow in the woods. It's an adventure to find new kinds, and I've become familiar with locations I can find the new fruiting bodies of old friends each year.
|This is an example of fruiting bodies from a previous year. You can see how tough and woody they are.|
The actual fungus lives inside dead or dying trees and logs and, every year or so, they "bloom" with a special organ that makes the spores - seeds of the new generation - and distributes them. This is called the "fruiting body" and it is what we commonly see.
Instead of gills, Polypores have tubes for the spores to go down.
Although I know the names of some of these, a large majority remain un-named. Some of them are considered edible, but after seeing so many I think the edible ones would probably be close cousins to cardboard in texture and probably flavor too! The best advice I can pass on to you is this -
NEVER, NEVER, NEVER EAT WILD MUSHROOMS OR FUNGI UNLESS YOU ARE AN EXPERT OR HAVE AN EXPERT WITH YOU WHEN GATHERING!!!! One small mistake could have deadly consequences.
You can read more about Polypores (the official name for Bracket Fungi) here:
Since this is largely a visual post, here are the images I think show a decent sampling of what I've found. Not all my pictures have been processed yet (I am never caught up!) so some types are not represented. If you have questions, I'll try my best to answer them if you send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nature is a stunning artist and gardener:>)
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We live in such a busy world, and so many beautiful and interesting things just plain escape our notice. Come here to see some of the most common and most lovely bits of our natural world, at least those in Pennsylvania and the nearby states.
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I am not a scientist, don't have a college degree, and am now retired from decades of work as a supervisor of customer service departments in some very large companies. Work kept me inside the office, inside my car, inside my house for more hours each day than I was outside. I left home in the dark and came home in the dark. The only times I could enjoy our beautiful outdoors was on weekends and vacations; how sad is that!
The aim here is to post something interesting at least once a week. It is my hope that you will find both the pictures and the writing interesting and worth a few minutes of your time.
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