Radulomyces confluens

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Radulomyces confluens

7 January 2017 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Fruiting Body

Resupinate, attached to the substrate, smooth to lumpy, waxy, white to cream to greyish

Flesh

Soft, watery when fresh

Smell

Phenol

Taste

Unknown

Season

Autumn to spring

Distribution

Very common

Habitat

On dead wood, usually from deciduous trees especially beech

Spore Print

White

Microscopic Features

Spores ellipsoidal to subglobose, smooth (very rarely minutely warted), cyanophilous (6-11) x (6-8.5) µm2. Basidia clavate 4 spored, containing drops, with a basal clamp. Hyphal system monomitic, with clamps, 3-5 µm wide, cyanophilous. Cystidia not present. Hyphal ends present in the basidial layer.

Edibility

Unknown

Notes

I am grateful to Paul Hugill who suggested that the specimen shown could be Radulomyces confluens.

Additional Photographs

Radulomyces confluens

7 January 2017 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Radulomyces confluens

Spores in Melzer's solution viewed with a x100 immersion objective. 7 January 2017 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Radulomyces confluens

Basidia in Congo Red viewed with a x40 objective. 7 January 2017 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Radulomyces confluens

Basidia in Congo Red viewed with a x40 objective. 7 January 2017 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Radulomyces confluens

A hypha with clamps in Congo Red viewed with a x40 objective. 7 January 2017 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin