Dryad’s Saddle in Wollaton Park

In rainy Wollaton Park today, I found a fallen Beech with an impressive collection of the fungal fruitbodies known as Dryad’s Saddle :

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This is one of the largest of the polypore fungi, with some of these examples almost half a metre across.  It’s named after the Dryads (tree spirits) of Greek mythology, and is a characteristic fungi of late spring/early summer.  It’s also edible, although these were a bit too old and tough to be worth tasting….

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