cycleruk wrote:Was on a Poplar tree in our garden :-
A bracket fungi of some kind although I can't find it in any of me books. Also, some books seem to suggest that bracket fungi have pores rather than gills .....
Here's beef steak fungus (fistulina hepatica) just starting that the ladywife photographed yesterday in Fynonne Woods. It's just 40mm across in the photo but will likely grow a lot larger in the next two weeks.
The book suggests it can be eaten when young but soon goes leathery and not-nice. The beefsteak name is due to its appearance (like cut red flesh with red drops of blood dripping out) rather than to it's taste.