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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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20 February, 2016

Hyphodontia sambuci; the elder whitewash

Elder whitewash fungus (Hyphodontia sambuci) is a member of a group of fungi known as the resupinates. These fungi tend to leave an external crusty layer on the surface of the infected wood. This particular species displays what you might call a white rot on decaying timber, especially but not exclusively, the soft wood of elder; and always broad-leaved woods, not conifers. If you create a wildlife wood pile in your garden it is pretty likely this fungus, or one of a similar nature,  will soon set to work on it to break it down. It is a very common species seen in woods everywhere.
Is is edible? What do you think? 
Hyphodontia sambuci; the elder whitewash