Wooden Flowery Growth

Good morning

We went camping at Thaba Monate near Warmbaths when we saw this round wooden flowery growth on a thorny tree with silver green velvety leaves. My brother in law climbed into the tree, pick it and then cleaned it with his pocket knife and a brush, painted some veneer on and mounted it.

You get different shapes and sizes. This one is open but the one at home as more closed (with the claws/points.,,,, almost touching)

Can you please find out from which tree this is? My husband believes the growth is due to a virus or bacterial infection on the tree.

Thanks,

Marika

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One Response to Wooden Flowery Growth

  1. dave June 29, 2011 at 8:14 pm #

    could be fungi, mushrooms are not the only fruiting bodies they produce. Was is growing on a weak/dead branch or trunk of a tree?

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