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« on: January 29, 2016, 18:49 PM »
Last Sunday, I came across this pine tree in the Sierra Almijara. It has a large collection of strange growth, probably some sort of fungus. Has anyone seen anything similar - and perhaps know more about it?

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« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2016, 10:10 AM »
Hi Petrea...
It's a strange thing to see isn't it? "witches broom"  is the common name I have always thought for this abnormal growth..
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Witch's_broom

Mostly see them on conifers and pine trees... A quick Google pulls up lots of images...
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« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2016, 16:25 PM »
Hi Clive,

Interesting that they are mainly seen on conifers here! In Denmark, we usually see the witches brooms on birch trees (like the Wikipedia photo); never seen anything like it before on conifers - and this was quite spectacular!
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« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2016, 16:36 PM »
Have seen quite a lot of this in and around the Sierra Nevada pine trees.

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« Reply #4 on: April 21, 2016, 08:24 AM »
There's a spectacular example next to the track to the Laguna de Bezas in the Dornaque* reserve near Albarracín, Teruel. I thought it was a squirrel's 'drey' so that shows how clever I am!

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