Gymnopilus dilepis

| |
Gymnopilus dilepis

Specimens found growing on a Wood Ant nest. 13 October 2007 Buckinghamshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Cap

Convex, then flattened, coarsely roughened, deep purple to orange, to about 8 cm across

Gills

Thin, crowded, yellow

Stem

+/- equal, ring thin and apical, concolorous with the cap

Flesh

Firm, whitish, yellowish in the stem base

Smell

Indistinct

Season

Spring to autumn

Distribution

Rare

Habitat

On piles of wood chips usually in tufted clumps. One of the collections illustrated was growing on a giant Wood Ant nest in an oak wood.

Spore Print

Yellowish brown

Microscopic Features

Spores ellipsoidal, warty (6.5-8) x (4.5-5) µm2

Edibility

Unknown toxicity

Notes

This alien species was first recorded in the UK in 1995, in Surrey. It is native to countries in South East Asia including Australia, New Zealand and Malaysia where it grows on old Coconut stumps. Though a tropical species, it can survive on piles of wood chips where the exothermic composting action of bacteria, yeasts and fungi keeps the interior sufficiently warm for Gymnopilus dilepis to thrive

Additional Photographs

Gymnopilus dilepis

Specimens found growing on a Wood Ant nest. 13 October 2007 Buckinghamshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Gymnopilus dilepis

7 September 2008 Surrey. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Gymnopilus dilepis

7 September 2008 Surrey. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Gymnopilus dilepis

7 September 2008 Surrey. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin