Horse’s Hoof Toadstool Mushroom Set


This set was growing on a large yellow birch, some of of the lovely curled bark has grown into the mushroom.


Common Name: Horse’s Hoof Fungus


Scientific Name: Fomes fomentarius

Habitat: On dead  Silver Birch Betula pendula and Beech Fagus sylvatica increasingly common on Beech the further south you go. Occasionally grows on American Aspen Populus tremuloides in North America

Key Identification Features: Up to 45cm across and 25cm thick, looks like a horse’s hoof. Can occur singularly or in groups. Usually pale to dark grey above with a very hard outer surface. Reddish brown inside with pores and pore tubes on the underside that are pale when young but darken to greyish brown.

Confusion Species: Other bracket fungus particularly of the genus Phellinus and Ganoderma can look similar and can be used in the same way.

Edible Uses: Acrid and not edible

Medicinal Uses: None listed

Other Uses: The trama or context layer (the leathery layer just below the hard outer cuticle) has been used as a tinder to catch sparks since at least 3200 BC. It can be either used simply dried and fluffed up or prepared into a material known as Amadou by a process of boiling, pounding and sometimes subsequent treatment with wood ash, salt peter or even urine, and then molded into hats and other clothing

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