A bracket fungus with a hard hoof-like upper surface, growing chiefly on birch and beech. Also called hoof fungus.
- Fomes fomentarius, family Polyporaceae, class Hymenomycetes.
- The fungus's other names include tinder fungus, for which it used to be used, and horse's hoof fungus.
- If you happen to come across a big batch of tinder fungus you can use it as all-weather fuel.
- Alternately, you could use a piece of tinder fungus and the flint piece.
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