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Birch Bracket Fungi

Scientific name:  Piptoporus betulinus

Size:  Grows to around 15cm across

Distribution:  Found throughout the U.K.

Months seen:  All year round

Habitat:  Found exclusively on birch trees

Special features:  The Birch Bracket is also known as the Birch Polypore.  It's all white when young, then turns brown on the top as it ages.  When mature it has a texture similar to polystyrene, and was once used for sharpening razor blades, hence it's other common name of 'Razor Strop Fungus'.

The Birch Bracket is a popular canvas for pyrograghy artwork

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