Bird, bug, butterfly and a wild variety of photos from Belarus, Cyprus, Finland, Greece, Ireland, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Scotland and Spain by Irish wildlife photographer Patrick J. O'Keeffe and invited guests

Monday, 22 March 2021

BIRCH POLYPORE FUNGUS (Fomitopsis betulina) on DOWNY BIRCH TREE (Betula pubescens) Turvey Nature Reserve, Donabate, Fingal, Co. Dublin, Ireland


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The Birch Polypore (Fomitopsis betulina) is of the family Fomitopsidaceae which is in the genus Fomitopsis. This bracket fungus is a parasite that grows exclusively on birch trees and can cause the host species to decay and die. It occurs throughout North America and Eurasia.
 
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