What is this fungus

Asked October 13, 2018, 4:36 PM EDT

How do I get rid of it? It is growing on a tree stump

Santa Barbara County California

7 Responses

Thank you for your question. We believe this to be a Laetiporus gilbertsonii that is described here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laetiporus_gilbertsonii

There is really no reason to destroy it. Fungi act to break down (decompose) tissue such as is found in tree bark, stumps and roots, and are part of nature's recycling process. They aren't hurting anything and, in fact, our earth would be a mess if we didn't have them! Here is an Extension article from your state's Extension service that describes how valuable they are: http://ipm.ucanr.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn74109.html

Hope this is helpful!

Thank You!! I was “told” this was Orange Blossom Fungus, and that it was capable of harming structures (homes).
ahai THANKS

Most fungi are very plant-specific (so are insects, in fact). Here is an article about fungi that destroy wooden structures: http://www.timesuptermite.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/DryRot-WoodDecayFungi.pdf

Aside from wooden structures, the key to identification is first to identify the plant. I'm unable to find a fungus with the name "Orange Blossom Fungus," although there are several rusts (also fungi), one of which is interesting and described here: http://www.canr.msu.edu/news/creepy_orange_fungus_attacking_junipers

Thank you, I just received this from the pest control person that brought it to our attention, it is call Meruliaporia inctassata. ???

Thank you, I just received this from the pest control person that brought it to our attention, it is call Meruliaporia inctassata. ???

That is one of the fungi that decays wood, but that is not what is present in the log you photographed. Here is an article about the fungus s/he is describing: http://web.utk.edu/~mtaylo29/pages/Dry%20rot.htm

Thank You,Thank You, Now I can get s good nights sleep