Inonotus radiatus

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Inonotus radiatus

22 October 2015 Surrey. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Cap

Bracket shaped, usually growing in tiers, broadly attached to the substrate, upper surface felty, becoming smooth with age, reddish brown to yellow brown to dark brown, sometimes with reddish drops, margin rounded, lower surface whitish, grey brown with age, 2 to 4 pores per mm, to about 10 cm across

Flesh

Tough, dark brown

Smell

Indistinct

Taste

Bitter

Season

All year

Distribution

Common

Habitat

On deciduous trees, favouring alder

Spore Print

Yellowish

Microscopic Features

Spores ellipsoidal to sub-spherical, smooth (5-7) x (3.5-4.5) µm2. Hymenial setae thick walled, dark, thorn shaped to hook shaped.

Edibility

Inedible

Notes

This species is rather variable but easily recognised by microscopy

Additional Photographs

Inonotus radiatus

22 October 2015 Surrey. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Inonotus radiatus

22 October 2015 Surrey. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Inonotus radiatus

Setae in Congo red viewed with a x100 immersion objective. 22 October 2015 Surrey. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Inonotus radiatus

Hymenial setae in Congo red viewed with a x40 objective. 22 October 2015 Surrey. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Inonotus radiatus

17 October 2009 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Inonotus radiatus

17 October 2009 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin