The Conk Colony

I have been watching the growth of a group of conks around an old oak in town.

I think its scientific name is Inonotus dryadeus. 

Other common names are weeping conk, oak bracket, warted oak polypore and weeping polypore.

Inonotus dryadeus

It is a beautiful sight, but a bad sign.

The presence of the weeping conks is a sign of root rot or butt rot. More and bigger conks mean more rot for the tree.

I posted on a lone giant conk last year. This group is a block away from that one.

conk cross-section

This city has very old oak trees in the hell strips.

The roots get damage from the sidewalk side and the street side.

It’s amazing they have lived this long.

I find all fungi fascinating whether they are friend or foe.

FLOWER

2 thoughts on “The Conk Colony

    1. I messaged the city arborist to ask if the blue ribbon meant a take down. I was going to entitle this “The Doomed Oak” , but that was too sad of a title. It is in danger of a blow down with that much rot. It is between an apartment building and an old couples’ home. It would cause a lot of trouble either way it fell. It is still standing as of this afternoon. I drive by several times a day.

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