The Fungi World (297) : Hoof fungus & Porcelain fungus

The Fungi World (297) : Hoof fungus & Porcelain fungus

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Mark Billiau.


Premium (World), region Antwerp, Belgium

The Fungi World (297) : Hoof fungus & Porcelain fungus

2 fungi species together in 1 shot. Hooray ! :-))

The Hoof fungus (on the left) was already used by ancient nomadic people as tinder for fire starting and to transport the fire from one place to another as it burns very very slowly and can smoulder for many hours.

Can be found all year round.

This fungus is a survivor. Each year, it gets a little wider and deeper as it resumes growth in the spring with a new and good visible annual ring.
The giant specimen in the shot must be already more than 10 years old !!!

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The Porcelain fungus (on the right and bottom) is a white, slimy wood-rot fungus and is strongly tied to rotting beech, on which it grows in clusters.

It got its name by the layer of transparent mucus that covers the caps and so imitates porcelain.

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Dutch name : Echte tonderzwam & Porseleinzwam
German name : Zunderschwamm & Buchen Schleimrübling (auch Beringte Schleimrübling genannt)
Latin name : Fomes fomentarius & Oudemansiella mucida

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Something VERY interesting to know :

The Hoof fungus is one of the fungi that the "Iceman" had with him.
You remember the Ötzi Iceman, don’t you ? An incredibly well-preserved 5000 year old Neolithic man found in 1991 in a glacier near the border of Austria and Italy.

During profound scientific research of the content of Ötzi’s pouch, the scientists found berries, a dozen of different plants, 2 birch bark baskets, and 2 fungi species : the Hoof fungus (as part of a kit to make fire) and the Birch Polypore (known to have antibacterial properties and was probably used for medicinal purposes).

Comments 40

  • Charly Charity 05/02/2016 10:36

    WAS für ein prächtiges Exemplar! Ganz große klasse!*****
    liebe Grüße Dagmar
  • Vera Shulga 18/01/2016 16:11

    Perfect image!
    Vera
  • GoPicturesBerlin 05/12/2015 19:25

    Eine wahre Farbenpracht strahlt dieser Baumpilz aus. Passend begleitet von den "Frischpilzen". Schöne Entdeckung von Dir. Reg.Volker
  • Cecile 29/11/2015 19:14

    Ha, das ist aber ein gewaltig großer Pilz, dazu noch in einer exzellent schönen Struktur.
    Schon irre, was die Natur so alles hervorbringt.
    Eine sehr gute Aufnahme und auch dein info dazu.
    Elfi Cecile
  • Diana V. P. 29/11/2015 12:27

    Eine beeindruckende Aufnahme... fantastisch festgehalten. Klasse Schärfe, tolle Farben und Präsentation... ich bin begeistert!!
    Liebe Grüße
    Diana
  • s. sabine krause 29/11/2015 10:40

    the sedimentary looks of the veteran hoof fungus – fascinating and awe-inspiring! no wonder the porcelain fungus feels magically drawn to it! only the forever suicidal autumn leaves are showing a lack of respect by using it as a slide instead – whoopeeee! ; ) greetings, sabine.
  • archiek 28/11/2015 20:05

    Wonderful documentation of these species and how they tie into the history of mankind. Very nicely done!
    Best Regards,
    Archie
  • emen49 28/11/2015 16:30

    Wow... beeindruckend!!!!!!
    Wünsche Dir ein wunderbares Adventswochenende
    Viele Grüße
    Marianne
  • Traudel Clemens 28/11/2015 12:20

    Der große Pilz erinnert an einen Schildkrötenpanzer und die kleinen Pilze daneben zeigen den Größenunterschied. Toll, was Du im Wald so alles findest Mark.
    LG Traudel
  • Mirjam Burer 28/11/2015 10:20

    the combination of the two species is very very nice...like a lion next to a little bird....
    Great low pov and light and thank you for the explanation always...
    have a good weekend Mark..
  • Gisela Aul 27/11/2015 15:59

    two fungis ...what a great found and photo
    lg. Gisela
  • TeresaM 27/11/2015 11:15

    Très beau shoot, Mark +++++
  • Jürg Scherrer 27/11/2015 10:41

    Hallo Mark -
    une merveilleuse série "fungi" - qualité d'image super!
    Bon week-end - cordialités et @mitiés.
    Jürg
  • Heinz Janovsky 27/11/2015 8:16

    Haben beide was. Der Große schöne geschichtete Farben, der kleine filigran mit zarten Farben. Sehr nett die Winzlinge im Schatten.
    Ghruß Heinz
  • Anita Jarzombek-Krauledies 26/11/2015 23:40

    Fantastisch!!!!! Eine beeindruckende Größe hat er erreicht!!!! Sehr gut ist das vergleichbare Größenverhältnis!
    Viele Grüße Anita