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.
Grows in small or scattered groups on fallen trunks, large branches and rotting stumps of dead hardwood trees, particularly oaks.
Mainly autumn and early winter in Britain.
Saprobic on dead wood.
Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.
Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.
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- RED = 2020+
- DARK BLUE = 2015-2019
- LIGHT BLUE = pre 2015