Radulomyces molaris

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Radulomyces molaris

5 December 2009 West Sussex. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Common Name

Cerocorticium molare

Fruiting Body

Irregular resupinate patches, sometimes fusing, covered with blunt spines extending to about 4 mm long, ochraceous, with a whitish margin, to about 4 cm across

Flesh

Soft, ochraceous

Smell

Rather pleasant, as per Sparassus crispa

Taste

Indistinct

Season

All year

Distribution

Rare

Habitat

On dead deciduous wood, favouring oak

Spore Print

White

Microscopic Features

Spores ovoid, smooth, mottled (8-11) x (5-7) µm2. Basidia club shaped 4 spored. Marginal cells club shaped. Spines composed of thin intertwined hyphae with many terminating at the surface, giving the appearance of a floor mop.

Edibility

Unknown

Notes

This fungus could be confused with Basidioradulum radula. The two species are easily distinguished by examination of the spores with a microscope.

Additional Photographs

Radulomyces molaris

5 December 2009 West Sussex. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin