Hypoxylon fragiforme

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Hypoxylon fragiforme

28 February 2009 West Sussex. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Fruiting Body

Sub-spherical, surface finely roughened, pink when young, then reddish brown, and finally black, to about 1 cm across

Flesh

Hard, black

Smell

Indistinct

Taste

Indistinct

Season

All year

Distribution

Very common

Habitat

On dead wood from beech trees

Spore Print

Dark brown

Microscopic Features

Ascospores ellipsoidal to crescent shaped, smooth (11-15) x (5-7) µm2

Edibility

Inedible

Notes

Take care not to confuse with H. howeianum which is distinguished by smaller spores