Laxitextum bicolor

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Laxitextum bicolor

On a fallen beech trunk. 12 November 2016 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Fruiting Body

Resupinate, sometimes with brackets, upper surface finely felty, brown, underside smooth, whitish when young, then light brown, margin whitish

Flesh

Tough

Smell

Indistinct

Taste

Indistinct

Season

All year

Distribution

Rarely recorded

Habitat

On dead wood from deciduous trees, especially birch

Spore Print

White

Microscopic Features

Spores ellipsoidal, finely warty, amyloid (4.5-5) x (2-3) µm2. Basidia cylindrical to clavate, 4-spored. Gloeocystidia cylindrical to spindle shaped, filled with yellow content. Hyphal system monomitic, some hyphae encrusted, all septa clamped.

Edibility

Inedible

Notes

This species may well be much more common than the records suggest, as it is easily mistaken for a 'dull' Stereum, and hence overlooked.

Additional Photographs

Laxitextum bicolor

Spores in Melzer's solution viewed with a x100 immersion objective. 12 November 2016 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Laxitextum bicolor

12 November 2016 Hampshire. Clamped hyphae and a cystidium in Congo Red viewed with a x40 objective. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Laxitextum bicolor

On oak. 30 October 2016 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Laxitextum bicolor

Spores in Melzer's solution viewed with a x100 immersion objective. 30 October 2016 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Laxitextum bicolor

Cystidia in KOH solution viewed with a x40 objective. 30 October 2016 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Laxitextum bicolor

Cystidia in KOH solution viewed with a x40 objective. 30 October 2016 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin