TQ1372 : Is it a pizza? Was it a UFO?

taken 7 years ago, near to Twickenham, Richmond Upon Thames, Great Britain

Is it a pizza?  Was it a UFO?
Is it a pizza? Was it a UFO?
No, it's a fungus. Found amongst leaf litter by the River Crane, a little way below Hospital Bridge. At first sight I mistook this object for discarded food, but on looking more closely realised that it was a huge fungus, apparently growing from the roots of a horse-chestnut tree. My friend ceridwen, who knows her onions, suggests the genera Fomes or Ganoderma.

At a guess, this object was about 60cm (2 feet) across - my boot is size 42 (aka 8).
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 17 January, 2012   (more nearby)
Submitted
Saturday, 21 January, 2012
Geographical Context
Rivers, Streams, Drainage  Park and Public Gardens  Wild Animals, Plants and Mushrooms  Woodland, Forest 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 1387 7267 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:26.4952N 0:21.7803W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 1386 7267
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South-southeast (about 157 degrees)
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