The Toilet Seat Growth (today’s question)

We were up in the Scottish hills this morning where a number of trees have been cut down (to allow others more space to grow we think). We noticed this strange wooden-like growth (shaped like a toilet seat) growing around the top of the tree stump. Appropriately brown! We’re not quite sure what causes this growth. It is solid and is not some kind of fungus. We noticed the ‘toilet seat’ on several tree stumps. What are these growths? That question has got us stumped too. Anyone know the answer?

The Toilet Seat Growth (today’s question) – Richard Broom Photography

4 Replies to “The Toilet Seat Growth (today’s question)”

  1. John – John is a Michigan native, 61 years young and retired. I've been using WordPress since 2000 with various websites, both self-hosted and on the side. I enjoy WordPress and Instagram. Thanks for visiting my humble photoblog.
    John says:

    I don’t know specifically either, it looks like fungus to me too, yuck!

  2. Petalstitches – I navigate the universe with shamanism and divination, honor Odin and Freyja, do counted cross-stitch, write poems, and use the Oxford comma. “I believe in the richness and mystery of the universe; and I don’t believe in the supernatural.” (Dan Simmons, 'Phases of Gravity')
    fibersinatwist says:

    I wouldn’t go so far as to say I know for sure, but that looks very much like the growth I’ve seen where large limbs of oak trees were removed. It’s more or less scar tissue where the tree sets out to repair the damage. I would imagine the stumps don’t die immediately after cutting unless they’re drilled out or poisoned, as they do still have roots; I’ve seen new growth sprouting from them before. So that might also be what’s left of the tree trying to heal.

  3. Many thanks for your answer and sorry for the delay in responding. We’re guess that the trees in the forests up here in Scotland are thinned out but they seem to leave the stumps in place. They seem to get covered in mould and then rot away. They also seem to be leaving a large number of felled trees where they fall. Good for insects I think. I wish I knew more about botany!!

  4. It’s strange stuff John. It is solid, like wood. Another person suggested it is like scar tissue. We have some very strange and wonderful things up here in Scotland!

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