Polyporus leptocephalus

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Polyporus leptocephalus

18 October 2013 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Synonyms

Polyporus varius, Polyporus elegans

Cap

Circular, funnel shaped or bracket shaped, margin irregular, often scalloped, yellow brown to ochraceous brown, to about 10 cm across

Pores

Whitish, then ochraceous, 4 to 7 pores per mm

Stem

Central or lateral, whitish towards the apex, black at the base

Flesh

Tough, whitish

Smell

Indistinct

Taste

Indistinct

Season

Late spring to autumn

Distribution

Frequent

Habitat

On dead wood from deciduous trees, favouring beech

Microscopic Features

Spores cylindrical, smooth (8-11) x (3-4) µm2

Edibility

Inedible

Notes

This species could be confused with Polyporus durus and Polyporus brumalis. It can be recognised by the black stem base.

Additional Photographs

Polyporus leptocephalus

18 October 2013 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Polyporus leptocephalus

31 August 2009 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin