Monday, June 15, 2015

Macro Monday :: Tinder Fungus

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I love to look for Kjuker (norwegian) or Tinder funguses when we're walking in the forest. Last time I found so many pretty ones :)

Fomes fomentarius (commonly known as the tinder fungus, false tinder fungus, hoof fungus, tinder conk, tinder polypore or ice man fungus) is a species of fungal plant pathogen found in Europe, Asia, Africa and North America. The species produces very large polypore fruit bodies which are shaped like a horse's hoof and vary in colour from a silvery grey to almost black, though they are normally brown. It grows on the side of various species of tree, which it infects through broken bark, causing rot. The species typically continues to live on trees long after they have died, changing from a parasite to a decomposer.


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4 comments:

  1. I had not heard of these, they do look a lot like horses' hooves. Or they make me think of caps covered with snow.

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  2. Thank you for this post, Hege. We have this kind if fungus where I live. I see it when I hike up Teapot Hill, and I've often wondered what it's called.

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  3. Excellent macros of these fungi Hege, I love to see them in the winter too when they become shelves for snow :-) Thanks so much for sharing the love up-close with I Heart Macro ♥

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