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bev - email - url
Reminds me of the Climacodon septentrionale that grow on hardwood up north. However, the brackets usually get to be very large and I think it's mainly a northern species. I'd agree though - the appearance of them on this tree probably signals its demise sometime in the not so distant future.
Friday: 27 November 2009 @ 10:17:44

 

Wayne - email - url
Bev - I'll have to keep an eye on it. Many of these shelf fungi seem to be perennials. They fade and harden, and then in the right seasonal weather put on a new layer of reproductive tissue.

From the size of it, compared to the trunk, that's a fairly massive infestation. Our water oaks tend to be the invisible trees - we have a lot of them, and some are quite large, but no one notices them. It's odd, because they also tend to be evergreen - in warm winters they don't lose their leaves at all.
Friday: 27 November 2009 @ 15:15:47

 

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