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moggins



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 03, 05 9:05 pm    Post subject: Fungi - free to good home  Reply with quote    

I have to tear up some old decking this week to make room for my shed, this decking is covered in Hen of the Woods (not chicken, definitely hen)

If anyone wants to come and take some of this away you are more than welcome to it, I only have enough room to keep about two planks but it's been growing there for the past two years.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 03, 05 9:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Are you sure it's hen of the woods? I thought it was quite rare and grew at the base of living trees? We were shown one on a foray last year and took the following picture:

http://www.dugo.demon.co.uk/other/pics/Hen-of-the-Woods031004.jpg

moggins



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 03, 05 9:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Yep, that's the one. I couldn't believe it either when I saw it. But I sat for hours pouring through every mushroom book I have and it is definitely that one.

I don't know why it is growing there but it definitely is, I have a few other varieties growing there too but the Hen is taking up almost half of the decking now.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 03, 05 9:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

One for Cab to explain then.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 03, 05 9:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I've just learnt about a new mushroom, thanks!
Googling it gave me an interesting-looking site
http://theforagerpress.com/fieldguide/octfd.htm
which associates it with dead/dying oak and maple...
Any idea what the wood is?

moggins



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 03, 05 10:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

No idea at all I'm afraid, it's about three kinds of timber laminated together. I found it in an reclamation yard and thought it would be great to use for decking

The supports underneath are beech apparently?

cab



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 05 8:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I've never seen it on cut wood, but I've come across it on stumps. Don't really like it, I far prefer chicken of the woods.

I have come across giant polypore, which can be mistaken for hen of the woods, on such habitats. I'd reccomend double checking against that.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 05 8:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

cab wrote:
I've never seen it on cut wood, but I've come across it on stumps. Don't really like it,


Are there two camps of foragers? those that eat things because they CAN be eaten, and those that cherry pick?

cab



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 05 4:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

jema wrote:

Are there two camps of foragers? those that eat things because they CAN be eaten, and those that cherry pick?


There are more than two schools, but yes, that's not such a bad summary

moggins



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 05 6:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

It's definitely not the giant polypore, I'm going to have to take a picture and learn how to put one up on site aren't I?

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