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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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11 June, 2016

Schizopora paradoxa: the split polecrust fungus

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Several fungi create a white rot on decaying timber. They can be very difficult to tell apart as, although at a detail level they can be very variable between themselves, to the casual, superficial observer like me they all look much the same!  I believe this to be the split polecrust fungus (Schizopora paradoxa). Why? Well it is one of the most common 'white rot' species, it occurs on broad-leaved wood where this example was, and it forms a dense thick white crust like this. There are a couple of dozen similar species but generally less common so, statistically, I am more likely to be right than wrong!
Not an edible species as it hard and crusty.
Schizopora paradoxa: the split polecrust fungus