Bitter Oysterling - Panellus stipticus


    The cap is up 3cm across, kidney shaped to shell shaped with a tan, rather woolly upper surface and, at least initially, an inrolled margin. The surfaces of fruitbodies become wrinkled and turn paler as they age. This fungus has distinctive cross veins and a very short tapering stem which can be seen when viewed from below. Spore print white. 

    Identification difficulty

    Grows in small or scattered groups on fallen trunks, large branches and rotting stumps of dead hardwood trees, particularly oaks.

    When to see it

    Mainly autumn and early winter in Britain.

    Life History

    Saprobic on dead wood.

    UK Status

    Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map