A short post about the less obvious fungi that can be seen on tree bark, tree trunks, branches, and logs, all of which can be either dead or alive, or in the process of dying.
Of course there are the obvious brackets which can grow to huge sizes, and have a tendency to grow in tiers, as well as individually. But sometimes overlooked are the flat, crusty fungi, that can grow on smooth branches or be found in tree trunk crevices. These can vary in colour from white, buff, brown to black, ochre, or even pallid purple.
Hyphodontia sambuci is one such fungus. It is white, and resembles white matt paint slapped on a tree trunk. The texture is slightly chalky and has an irregular margin. It has no particular odour, and favours elder but can also grow on other wood or broad-leaf trees. Mostly to be seen during late Summer to Autumn but can also be seen throughout the year. It is common.