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The very giving tree


I cannot even begin to express how incredible this tree is. It sits at the top of the ravine, that leads to the vale of Health Lake. A central stump, that falls in to several logs. The tree itself plays host to countless, and I mean countless, species of fruiting bodies. Lord knows what other beds of mycelium lie just under the surface, just waiting to show their face. Every time I’ve visited I’ve discovered something new.

When I came upon it this season, I was first drawn to the abundance of split gill. A mushroom I’d only ever seen in photographs, but never found and identified myself. I plucked just two of hundreds from their barky bed, to pop a gander at those gills. Needless to say, I lost my mind.

Split gill

(Schizophyllum commune)

Porcelain fungus

(Oudemansiella mucida)

Witches' butter

(Tremella mesenterica)

Artist's conks

(Ganoderma applanatum)

Turkey tails

(Trametes versicolor)

Jelly ears

(Auricularia auricula-judae)

Yellow stagshorn

(Calocera viscosa)

Hairy curtain crust

(Stereum hirsutum)

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