Horse chestnut, poplar, sycamore.
Apple, ash, beech, lime, maple, oak, plane, willow.
Stem and scaffold limbs (often on or adjacent to wounds) of living and dead standing and fallen trees – look around the base of the tree in autumn / winter for fallen fruiting bodies.
Annual. Fairly tough though remaining malleable. Singularly or in clusters / tiers. Can become quite large. Emerges as an off-white mass before rapidly developing into a bracket. Sometimes, a stipe (stem) develops. Upper surface subtly scaly and is a patterned beige and dark brown. Can bleach white. Flesh off-white. Deep bracket between the flesh and pore layer – sometimes deep.Tube layer. Pore layer beige-white. Pores very large (don’t always develop). Smells of cucumber. May petrify in bracket senescence and turn charcoal black.
Associated with a selective white rot of the wood. Causes cavity formation. When found locally, decay is more likely restricted to this area. Multiple brackets over larger areas suggests widespread dysfunction. Associated with the decline of trees, when found in abundance. Associated with stem and limb failure – notably in species with weaker wood qualities (horse chestnut, poplar).