"TQ 0393 1900. It's up that lane and on the base of a tree on your right. X"He was, of course, talking about a big red fungus he'd spotted while tramping through the Sussex countryside on the #WildestWalk.
A quick consultation with GrabAGridRef put this somewhere west of Pulborough – perfect for a pitstop on my way home. I went to track it down.
I think these are the fungi I was looking for.
It seems to me there are two different species here. Some kind of Ganoderma; and something else.
This fungus is unlike the Ganoderma species I've seen before as it has a distinctive shiny coating, like it's been varnished.
There are a few shiny Ganoderma species:
- Laquered Bracket Ganoderma lucidum which is described as "uneven" with a "thick, irregular margin". Hmm... Nope.
- Beeswax Bracket Ganoderma pfeifferi which is described as similar to Southern Bracket but with a yellowish waxy coating on the upper surface. Hmm... Not really.
- Ganoderma resinaceum which has "a shiny upper surface and an inflammable resinous coating". Hmm... Maybe.
I'm thinking the smaller brackets are another species entirely.
I kind of want to say these could be Beefsteak Fungus Fistulina hepatica. They were quite squidgy. But that species is supposed to have a "rudimentary" stem. The stem looks a bit better than "rudimentary" to me, but then who am I to judge.
ID tips gratefully received!
For the record
Location: West of Pulborough
Gridref: TQ 0393 1900
Entered into FRDBI: 13/02/2017