Inonotus cuticularis

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Inonotus cuticularis

24 September 2016 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Fruiting Body

Bracket shaped, upper surface coarsely velvety, pale yellow brown, darkening with age, under surface brownish, appearing white when viewed at an angle, 2 to 4 pores per mm, to about 20 cm across.

Flesh

Firm, moist, dark brown,

Smell

Strong, unpleasant

Taste

Fungal, not pleasant

Season

Late summer to autumn

Distribution

Rare

Habitat

In tiers, on living and fallen deciduous trees, favouring beech

Spore Print

Ochre brown

Microscopic Features

Spores ellipsoidal, smooth (5.5-8) x (4.5-6) µm2. Cuticle containing dark brown anchor shaped hairs.

Edibility

Inedible

Additional Photographs

Inonotus cuticularis

A close up showing the surface texture. 24 September 2016 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Inonotus cuticularis

Spores in Melzer's solution viewed with a x100 immersion objective. 24 September 2016 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Inonotus cuticularis

Setae in the hymenium in Congo Red viewed with a x40 objective. 24 September 2016 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Inonotus cuticularis

21 August 2010 West Sussex. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Inonotus cuticularis

Cap margin. 21 August 2010 West Sussex. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Inonotus cuticularis

Cuticle hyphae and anchor shaped hairs. 21 August 2010 West Sussex. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin