Search This Blog

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Ash Killing Bracket

Just found this bracket fungi growing out of an ash tree trunk on a barely used country road in Bird's Hill, Llangathen. All signs (including a velvety top) indicate that it's Inonotus hispidus (Shaggy Bracket), a fungus that can kill ash, apple and walnut trees.
I've checked its frequency on the NBN Gateway and there are hardly any records for Wales, certainly not for this inland part of Carmarthenshire.
I know that this doesn't necessarily mean it hasn't been seen round here before, just not recorded. So, has anyone else seen this in Carmarthenshire before?


  1. Splendid picture Bruce. Last year Julian Friese spotted this near Dryslwyn bridge while 'birding' with Colin Jones. I had not seen it before so went a few weeks later when it had a darker colour to cap and obviously larger. Take your point about 'records' as it is nice to know if seen before/when/where/substrate etc etc so 'we' need to get a bit organised in this regard (I am entirely at fault ---- sorry!). Philip

  2. I remember you telling me about the Dryslwyn fungi Philip but I'd forgotten it was this one - the tow sightings are barely a mile or two from each other then. Fascinating.