The end of the log where the coral tooth grows has a diameter of about 32 cm.
- from the Aug 23 Calendar's page.
This mushroom only appears in forests with enough old and dead (beech)trunks; mixed, extensively-used forests are of advantage to its growth.
Will a coral tooth (visible part) grow bigger the older the fruiting body at that particular spot is?
As I've understood after a view into German Mycological Society
's page, the only growth-influencing condition is the mass of rotten wood (saprotrophical nutrition
The camera is focussed on the visible part ("fruiting body") of H.c. - which is in the last phase of its growth within the trunk...and the final act for the dead tree. So, to take it literally, after H.c.'s decline, the tree should "vanish into air"...
There are quite many recipes for cooking coral tooth on the Internet.
Apart from the rare occurance - only "Juveniles" are edible, but how to clean them??
Better have a look at and let them have their task for organic waste.
Perhaps we can watch this here during autumn - but perhaps weather will become too dangerous to the camera to remain all the time. It will be Tiit Lepik's decision.
The cute tiny toad
, as quick as it was climbing through the "Coral's teeth", mustn't have been greater than 4 cm, I guess.
You can find it on the macro photograph by Urmas Tartes on the Sept 8 Calendar's page
To have a comparison: the nearby birch leaf
If I could find a slow-motion modus on Vimeo, I'd be even more fascinated of discovering those tiny creatures!