Scytinostroma portentosum

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Scytinostroma portentosum

On a fallen Beech trunk. 1 January 2009 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Fruiting Body

Thin, smooth or rough, cream, grey brown or reddish brown, forming large mats on the substrate that may extend over several meters

Flesh

Thin, pale brown

Smell

Very strong, of moth balls

Taste

Unknown

Season

All year

Distribution

Rare

Habitat

On dead wood from deciduous trees, favouring ash, but also beech and willow

Microscopic Features

Spores sub-spherical with a prominent germ pore, smooth (5-6) µm

Edibility

Unknown but of no culinary interest

Notes

This fungus was first recorded in England in 1989 in Norfolk.

Additional Photographs

Scytinostroma portentosum

On a fallen Beech trunk. 7 March 2009 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin