Observation 14812: Polyporales sensu lato

This exceptionally large fungi, which I would presume to be a Woody fungi was found growing about 30ft up a tree trunk that was being attacked by a strangler fig. (as we know it.)
This stangler fig growth over time eventually overtakes the trunk of the tree and finally destroys it. The huge woody fungy was found growing on one of the many strangler fig rootes that were growing towards the top of the tree.
The fungi was between 15 and 20 inches across and about 15inches deep at the centre point. This fungi is not a very interesting fungi, except for its exceptional size. Usually they only grow to about 12 inches and are mainly much lower to the ground on the sides of large fallen and decaying trunks. Maybe because of the fast growth rate of the strangler fig the woody fungi has started out close to the forest floor and has been transported to this height during the natural growth of the strangler fig.

[admin – Sat Aug 14 01:59:35 +0000 2010]: Changed location name from ‘Comboyne Mountain Nature Reserve’ to ‘Nature Reserve near Comboyne, New South Wales, Australia’

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Copyright © 2008 Ian Dodd Kundabung NSW Australia
Copyright © 2008 Ian Dodd Kundabung NSW Australia
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Added Note.

This huge tree was fallen the last visit to Comboyne 26/04/2013.

Large Fig

On my last visit to this site 23-03-2013 this huge forest monster had fallen breaking away from the trunk about 15feet from the ground. A sad loss.