An unexpected find

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Blue woodJane found this piece of wood in the coppice area – what an amazing colour! Turns out to be the mycelium of the Green Elfcup fungus growing though the wood that stains it this blue green colour. The wood is usually oak – if kept moist it sometimes produces the fruit bodies, slightly cup shaped on a short stalk, which are a darker rather unnatural looking blue green. The infected wood was regularly used in the manufacture of Tunbridge ware, a form of decoratively inlaid woodwork typically in the form of boxes.