Spongipellis pachyodon

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Spongipellis pachyodon

Identified by Nick Aplin. Identity confirmed by Martyn Ainsworth. RBG Kew herbarium accession number K(M)196496. On a fallen beech tree. 17 October 2014 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Fruiting Body

Bracket-like and/or mat-like, upper surface velvety then smooth, white to cream, underside covered with needle like or flattened spines growing to 12 mm, white to cream

Flesh

White, firm

Smell

Fungal

Taste

Indistinct

Season

Autumn

Distribution

Very rare. Recorded from South Hampshire, Buckinghamshire, West Sussex and Grampian in Scotland.

Habitat

On wood from deciduous trees, recorded on beech and oak in Great Britain

Spore Print

White

Microscopic Features

Spores ovoid (5-6.5) x (4-5) µm2. Hyphal system monomitic. Clamp connections present.

Notes

This fungus may be confused with several Hericium species

Additional Photographs

Spongipellis pachyodon

On a fallen beech tree. 17 October 2014 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Spongipellis pachyodon

On a fallen beech tree. 17 October 2014 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Spongipellis pachyodon

Spores in Melzer's solution viewed with a x100 immersion objective and x2.5 projection eyepiece. 17 October 2014 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Spongipellis pachyodon

Hyphae with clamp connections in Congo red viewed with a x40 objective and x2.5 projection eyepiece. 17 October 2014 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin