Southern Bracket (Ganoderma australe)
Thorncombe Wood, near Hardy's Cottage at Lower Bockhampton, has many splendid beech trees and this fungus, the Southern Bracket grows on living Beech. It is parasatic so sadly it means that the tree this one was on is an advanced state of decay now although the trunk still stands high and proud but the branches are all but gone. Quite an imprerssive species, the brackets on this group were over a foot across. This is a species that can occur at any time of the year, they start clean and fresh like these but soon harden to become dark brown and dirty yellow!
Not one for the pot I'm afraid.
Find out more about the Southern Bracket in Dorset here: www.natureofdorset.co.uk/species_panel/Southern%20Bracket...