Phlebiella sulphurea

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Phlebiella sulphurea

On a mossy larch stump. 30 October 2016 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Synonyms

Phlebiella vaga, Trechispora sulphurea, Trechispora vaga, Cristella sulphurea

Fruiting Body

Fibrous, cottony, fan shaped, tightly attached to the substrate, brown at the centre, then bright yellow, with white tips

Flesh

Fibrous, soft. The fruiting body turns a deep wine red in a KOH solution.

Smell

Indistinct

Taste

Unknown

Season

Summer to autumn

Distribution

Frequent

Habitat

On rotten wood, usually from deciduous trees, especially beech, but also from conifers

Spore Print

White

Microscopic Features

Spores sub-spherical, spiny (5-6) x (4-4.5) µm2. Basidia club shaped, 4 spored. Hyphal system monomitic, clamps present.

Edibility

Inedible

Notes

I am grateful to Mike Valentine and Nick Legon for help with identifying the specimen shown. Similar species include Piloderma bicolor and Tomentellopsis echinospora, neither of which turns red when exposed to KOH solution.

Additional Photographs

Phlebiella sulphurea

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

Phlebiella sulphurea

Clamped hyphae in Congo Red viewed with a x40 objective. 30 October 2016 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin