Tree fungus Rügen
© Omar Sayami

Tree Ache

In a forest on Rügen a beech and a tree fungus share a trunk.

The tinder sponge is a mushroom species from the family of the wood fungus relatives. It attacks weakened deciduous trees, especially beech and birch trees, and forms thick, inverse consol-shaped fruiting bodies on the trunks. The perennial structures can reach a diameter of up to 30 cm.

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