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Can anyone identify this Fungii

Cornwall, United Kingdom Gb

I am hoping someone may be able to identify the fungi which has started to appear on my outside furniture. See attached pictures

I was given the table and two chairs so I am unable to confirm the type of wood it was manufactured from. The furniture is a few years old now and part of a bigger set. So far the fungi has only appeared on one of the chairs.

Besides identifying the fungi I would be grateful if you could advise me of the best way to eradicate the problem. The fungi itself is very hard and not brittle.

Many thanks




Well, according to my book of fungi, it's Coriolus versicolor.

20 Sep, 2009


Goodness, how extraordinary! It looks very like the Many-Zoned Polypore - Coriolus Versicolor but I have never seen it on garden furniture or indeed on any manufactured article. It's very common on deciduous wood in the wild and also in gardens.

No idea how to get rid of it - a fungicide at a guess?

20 Sep, 2009


Snap Fractal :-)

20 Sep, 2009 name changed to Trametes versicolor (on Wikipedia).

20 Sep, 2009


Yes, I have seen this too and it is a Cestina says very common though I have not seen it on what appears to be well preserved/stained wood like this?

20 Sep, 2009


They can be very lovely in the wild - a gorgeous colour range.

Yes, that's another unhelpful thing fungi do - they keep being reclassified. You just think you have a latin name safely under your belt and off it goes again :-(

20 Sep, 2009


Bit like blushing bracket-Daedaleopsis confragosa ? usually found on broad leafed trees. sorry while writing this I see you were given the right answer.

20 Sep, 2009


They are beautiful fungi, though. Do you have to remove it? It makes a nice feature on the chair.

20 Sep, 2009


Many thanks everyone for your quick answer to my question.

Bulbaholic asked if it was necessary to remove the fungi because it made a nice feature. To this question I have to reply saying 'I do not know' I am assuming this is a fungi which grows on rotting wood so I do not think there is much I can do to eliminate the rotting process.

Many thanks again

21 Sep, 2009


You can treat the wood with preservative after removing the fungi and cleaning it.

21 Sep, 2009


I agree with bulbaholic - as I said on another thread, I do all I can to encourage fungi into my garden since I find them every bit as interesting, and often as beautiful, as flowers and other plants.

Trouble is, they are very picky about where they grow and are often in a symbiotic relationship with a particular kind of tree or other material which I cannot provide for them.

21 Sep, 2009

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