Alder Bracket - Inonotus radiatus


It is apricot to rusty brown coloured with slightly sunken reddish droplets near the margin when young, becoming browner, and eventually almost black with age. It has a yellow/white margin when young and rusty brown tubes. It is one of the smaller brackets and fruitbodies are nearly always tiered and also tend to merge one with another. The cap surface is finely velvety at first, becoming smoother with warty lumps and radial wrinkles.

Identification difficulty

Nearly always on dead or dying Alders and usually above head height.

When to see it

Annual brackets persist in blackened form throughout the year, but new young brackets generally appear in early to mid summer and release their spores during late summer and autumn.

UK Status

Widespread in Britain.

VC55 Status

Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map