25 August 2008 West Sussex. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin.
Beefsteak Fungus, Ox-Tongue Fungus
Tongue shaped, laterally attached to the substrate, upper surface sticky or damp, blood red, darkening with age, under surface 2-3 pores per mm, whitish, red brown with age, to about 25 cm across
Firm, succulent, marbled, red
On living and dead deciduous trees, favouring oak, but also sweet chestnut and beech
Spores ovoid, smooth (5-6) x (3.5-4.5) µm2
Could be confused with young specimens of Inonotus hispidus which favours Ash
24 September 2016 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin.