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"Pecky cypress" or "peckiness" occurs in the bald cypress tree (Taxodium Distichum (L.) Rich.) and it is the fungus Stereum Taxodii that causes this brown "pocket rot". The fungus usually enters the crown and slowly works down through the heartwood to the base of the tree. Once it is felled and sawed out, all fungal activity stops. As long as there is enough wood in between the pockets for strength, there is no utilization problem. The pockets are finger-sized and run with the grain for a distance of 6" to a foot or more. At its early stage the "pecks" are only faintly discolored but eventually become dark "friable" masses of decayed wood.
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