This fungus was spotted in North Birmingham on 12 October 2000, beside a busy dual carriageway.



Note that the tree, believed to be Ash, is mulched with bark chips; and the many holes in the trunk, possibly caused by the Ash Bark Beetle. The fungus, probably Gymnopilus Junonius (= G. Spectabilis), was wet and sticky, apparently having exuded a clear, watery fluid.

Other suggestions for the fungus included Cortinarius sp. or the bracket fungus, Inonotus hispidus. My thanks to the good people of uk.rec.natural-history for advice and identifications.


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Last updated 1 June 2001