Ischnoderma benzoinum

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Ischnoderma benzoinum

On a Pine stump. 29 October 2016 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Fruiting Body

Bracket shaped, laterally attached to the substrate, upper surface velvety when young, then smooth, initially pinkish, becoming darker with age, radially zoned, margin rounded, pinkish to whitish, underside initially whitish, then pinkish, finally light brown, bruising darker, pores 4-6 per mm, often exuding drops of red liquid. Brackets grow to about 20 cm across.

Flesh

Soft, fleshy, pale brown when young, hard and dark brown when old

Smell

Indistinct

Taste

Indistinct

Season

Summer to winter

Distribution

Infrequent

Habitat

On dead wood from coniferous trees

Spore Print

White

Microscopic Features

Spores sausage shaped, hyaline, smooth (5-6.5) x (2-2.5) µm2

Edibility

Inedible

Notes

This species is very similar to Ischnoderma resinosum which grows on dead wood from deciduous trees. According to Annarosa Bernicchia in Fungi Europaei Volume 10, the context and trama of I. resinosum is pale when old.

Additional Photographs

Ischnoderma benzoinum

On a Pine stump. 29 October 2016 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Ischnoderma benzoinum

On a Pine stump. 29 October 2016 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Ischnoderma benzoinum

On a Pine stump. 29 October 2016 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin