There’s a steak growing on a tree

There’s what looks like a raw steak growing out of a tree in the woods on Dartmoor:

Fistulina hepatica - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)It’s Beefsteak Fungus, Fistulina hepatica.

Here’s an illustration of it from 1797 from Coloured Figures of English Mushrooms or Fungi by James Sowerby:

Beefsteak Fungus - The Hall of EinarMy Collins Guide to Mushrooms ad Toadstools by Morten Lange ad F. Bayard Hora says ‘Edible; best after boiling, hardly exciting’. I tried it; I was underwhelmed.

Beefsteak Fungus - The Hall of EinarBeefsteak fungus; best appreciated with the eyes.

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