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26 November 2020 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin
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
Gelatinous, soft when fresh, hard when dry
Autumn to spring
On rotten wood from deciduous trees especially beech and wild cherry (Prunus avium)
Spores sausage shaped, smooth (4-5) x 2 µm2. Basidia slender, club shaped, four spored. Cystidia slender, club shaped. Hyphal system monomitic, clamps present.
The radial growth form distinguishes this species from Phlebia rufa
Spores in Congo Red solution viewed with a x100 immersion objective. 26 November 2020 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin
Cystidium in Congo Red solution viewed with a x40 objective. 26 November 2020 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin