A group for images of those soft and weird fungi and mushrooms that you find.

Woody shelf fungi.

This challenge closed over 5 years ago.

The Challenge

Woody shelves may be several years old. They add a new layer of spore tissue every growing season. The old layer is covered by the new one. These layers look like growth rings in a tree. Ten layers may mean the shelf is 10 years-old if there is only one growing season (spring). If there are two growing seasons per year (spring and fall), it may only be 5 years-old.
Please enter an image which shows those beautiful layers of the shelf fungi.
Images that do not apply by the guidelines and rules of this challenge, will be removed!

Judging / Voting Criteria

Vote for the image that you think is the best and by the rules and guidelines of this challenge.

Rewards & Prizes

As usual.

Additional Information

Woody shelves are impossible to break with your hands and difficult to cut. This toughness results from the kinds of hyphae (filaments) that are used to construct the shelf. Easily crushed mushrooms are made of thin-walled hyphae. Some of the hyphae in woody shelves are thick-walled and the hyphae are interwoven making them tougher. They resist tearing or splitting because there are no planes to split along in the tissue.

Cover Image: Count my wrinkles. by vandeBelt


The Top Ten

Old Shelf by muzwilson

Old Shelf by muzwilson was voted the most popular entry in this challenge with 8 votes.

  • Horse Hooves by Rusty Katchmer
  • Shelf Fungi by AnnDixon
  • Pretty fungus in my garden, Tumut, NSW, Australia. by kaysharp
  • Cracked bracket by relayer51
  • Hoof Shaped by dilouise
  • Did the leaf fall by olbetsy
  • Family of Fungi by geoffro13
  • Fun-guy by Sherry Cummings
  • tie-dyed fungi by WonderlandGlass

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