Phlebia radiata

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Phlebia radiata

26 November 2020 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Fruiting Body

Resupinate, tightly attached to the substrate, surface strongly wrinkled forming radial patterns, colour very variable, pale to bright orange, orange red, pinkish brown or pale lilac, margin fringed, forming irregular mats up to 20 cm or more across

Flesh

Gelatinous, soft when fresh, hard when dry

Smell

Indistinct

Season

Autumn to spring

Distribution

Very common

Habitat

On rotten wood from deciduous trees especially beech and wild cherry (Prunus avium)

Spore Print

White

Microscopic Features

Spores sausage shaped, smooth (4-5) x 2 µm2. Basidia slender, club shaped, four spored. Cystidia slender, club shaped. Hyphal system monomitic, clamps present.

Edibility

Inedible

Notes

The radial growth form distinguishes this species from Phlebia rufa

Additional Photographs

Phlebia radiata

Spores in Congo Red solution viewed with a x100 immersion objective. 26 November 2020 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Phlebia radiata

Cystidium in Congo Red solution viewed with a x40 objective. 26 November 2020 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin