Fungi forum: Strange growth on dead tree

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itsanss
Sep 14, 2016 7:33 PM CST
Was just wondering if anyone knew what this was. This is a dead tree on my property in southwest Oklahoma. It wasn't there when the tree was alive but has now been dead for a few months and this growth has suddenly appeared. It resembles a cow pie! Or maybe a funnel cake without the powdered sugar. lol Over the last couple of years the tree has been dying out in portions until it now has no green whatsoever.

Thanks!



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kniphofia
Sep 14, 2016 11:05 PM CST
Possibly an older specimen of a fungus like "Chicken of the woods" or similar. These types of fungus can appear in living trees but this is just part of the natural breaking down of dead trees.
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needrain
Sep 15, 2016 3:20 PM CST
Welcome! Welcome! to NGA @itsanss
That's a spectacular photo! How big is that thing? It looks huge. Don't know what kind, but maybe someone here will. @Moonhowl is pretty adept at identifying them. ?? Maybe she will chime in here?
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itsanss
Sep 16, 2016 4:53 AM CST
kniphofia,

Upon Google search, it looks kind of sort of like chicken of the woods. Could be some sort of variation of that fungus, don't know...

needrain,

Thanks! It's rather large. It's quite striking and I've had several people ask me about it which is what has led me here! I don't have measurements of it, but it's a couple of inches thick, and approximately 15" long by 12" wide. This thing is about eye level with me, 6'2"-ish and the first time I saw it I have to admit it startled me because it was right there staring back at me! lol

Another thing I noticed just last night was that there are mushrooms all around the ground surrounding the tree. There aren't mushrooms anywhere else nearby. I'm wondering if they are also in relation to the breaking down of the tree.

Unfortunately, I think I may have been the cause of its demise. A couple of years ago I ran a new natural gas line and new water line from the meters, which are a mere few feet from the tree, over the the house. In doing so I had to chop through a bunch of the trees roots. It probably didn't like that.

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