Hypochnicium bombycinum

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Hypochnicium bombycinum

7 January 2017 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Fruiting Body

Resupinate, forming a thin layer on the substrate, smooth to lumpy, white to pale ochraceous

Flesh

Soft, gelatinous when fresh

Smell

Indistinct

Taste

Unknown

Season

Autumn to spring

Distribution

Rarely reported

Habitat

On dead wood from deciduous trees, including oak and birch, rarely on Pinus sylvestris. Bernicchia and Gorjon, in Fungi Europaei 12, list Picea abies and Abies alba as substrates.

Spore Print

White

Microscopic Features

Spores ellipsoidal to ovoid smooth, thick walled, cyanophilous (9-12) x (6-8) µm2. Basidia clavate 4 spored, containing drops, with a basal clamp. Hyphal system monomitic, with clamps, 3-5 µm wide, cyanophilous. Cystidia not present.

Edibility

Unknown

Additional Photographs

Hypochnicium bombycinum

7 January 2017 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Hypochnicium bombycinum

Spores in Melzer's solution viewed with a x100 immersion objective. 7 January 2017 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Hypochnicium bombycinum

Basidia in Congo Red viewed with a x40 objective. 7 January 2017 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Hypochnicium bombycinum

Basidia in Congo Red viewed with a x40 objective. 7 January 2017 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Hypochnicium bombycinum

A hypha with clamps in Congo Red viewed with a x40 objective. 7 January 2017 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin