Zoned Rosette (Podoscypha multizonata)
Although widespread in southern England P. multizonata is an uncommon fungus and one which is not regularly recorded; possibly, in part, also due to its superb camouflage as illustrated in the images above. It is associated with ancient woodland, a habitat that has sadly declined in Britain and throughout Europe, where it is parasitic on the living roots of broad-leaved trees, especially oak. Nearly 50% of the European population of P. multizonata occurs in the UK. It is a UK BAP priority species.
The above images depict one of three specimens recently discovered …
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