British Wildlife 03.1 October 1991

Bracket Fungi and their Role in Nature

Bracket fungi, otherwise known as polypores, are fascinating objects. Any walk through the woods in autumn will reveal their various strange shapes, like horses' hooves, kidneys, flat semi-circular shelves or crinkly-edged frills, growing on fallen wood, stumps and dead or drying trees, and sometimes also on apparently healthy ones. Certain species were used in the past as a source of tinder or pith, and French and Italian chefs have even found bracket fungi that are good to eat.

The Mountain Flora of Britain and Ireland
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