When: 2017-01-05

Collection location: Walton Co., Georgia, USA [Click for map]

33.8681°N 83.6937°W 256m [Click for map]

Who: Joan Knapp (PucaK)

No specimen available

Notes:
Growing at the base of Loblolly Pine (Pinus taeda) stumps approximately 1 year after the trees were cut. Trees were in a small area of a ‘self-seeded’ pine woods that had grown in an open, dry meadow on the top of a ridge above a small year-round creek.
Fungal masses, 4-6 inches across and 1.5-2 inches thick; pale cream in color when young, darkening to tan with age. Texture tough, corky. Pore surface not clearly exposed under growth mass, only visible in cross-section. Firmly attached to wood substrate.
Within a few days, infected with patches of pink (possibly bacteria/fungus) that appears to turn black within a short time.

Images

Fungus (not showing any secondary infection)
Fungus showing areas infected with red (bacteria/fungus?) that turn black within a day or two.
Fungus showing areas infected with red (bacteria/fungus?) that turn black within a day or two.
Fungus showing minimal secondary infection (right) and massive secondary infection (left)
Corky context; some evidence of pores at lower right-hand area.
Closer view of lower right-hand edge showing pores.
Close up of fungus showing secondary pink → black infection
Cross section of fungus showing pores.
Close up of cross section of fungus showing pores

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