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Phellinus igniarius

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Phellinus igniarius

16 September 2020 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Common Name

Willow Bracket

Fruiting Body

Bracket shaped, upper surface rusty brown, becoming grey then black with age, margin rounded, velvety, yellow brown when growing, underside velvety, yellow brown when growing, pores 4-6 per mm, to about 30 cm wide

Flesh

Rust, tough

Smell

Strongly fungal

Taste

Bitter or acidic

Season

Perennial, sporulating spring to autumn

Distribution

Infrequent

Habitat

On living and dead wood from deciduous trees, favouring willow

Spore Print

White

Microscopic Features

Spores broadly ellipsoidal (4.5-6.5) x (4-5) µm2. Basidia clavate, four spored. Hyphal system dimitic, generative hyphae without clamps, skeletal hyphae brown. Hymenial setae tooth shaped, to about 20 µm long.

Edibility

Inedible

Notes

Perennial

Additional Photographs

Phellinus igniarius

16 September 2020 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Phellinus igniarius

16 September 2020 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Phellinus igniarius

Spores in Melzer's solution viewed with a x100 immersion objective. 16 September 2020 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Phellinus igniarius

Hymenial hyphae and seta in Congo Red solution viewed with a x40 objective. 16 September 2020 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Phellinus igniarius

21 February 2009 Surrey. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin