The forest, we know, possesses untold treasures. But the best part is perhaps, when you encounter them, where you least expect them – on the bark of a dead tree, stumps, under a fallen bough under a decayed branch. I am referring to the colourful fungi found lined up on dead tree trunks and branches. Red, Yellow, brown or white – they are very pretty to look and add beauty to the forest.
One has to only
imagine and these wood decomposer's in a natural eco-system assume various forms –
lined up straight together, they make a beautiful staircase, lined up horizontally they resemble little lamps, like the ones used during deepawali. Sometimes, it is difficult to even spot the fungi. Like for instance when white fungi are found partially buried/covered with red mud and when fallen leaves shield them.
( Related to Polyporales: The Polypores ? Turkey tail ....)
Dhoni forest, Western ghats, Near Palakkad