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Chondrostereum purpureum

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Chondrostereum purpureum

22 November 2008 West Sussex. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Fruiting Body

Forming multiple small brackets, sometimes partially or wholly resupinate, upper surface whitish, finely hairy, underside purple, becoming brown with age, paler when dry

Flesh

Tough

Smell

Indistinct

Taste

Indistinct

Season

All year

Distribution

Common

Habitat

On living and dead wood from deciduous trees

Spore Print

White

Microscopic Features

Spores sausage shaped, smooth, hyaline (5-8) x (2.5-3) µm2. Hyphal system monomitic, generative hyphae with clamp connections.

Edibility

Inedible

Notes

Causes silver leaf disease in fruit trees, which leads to the death of the tree unless the infected wood is removed