Birch Polypore - Piptoporus betulinus

    Alternative names
    Razorstrop Fungus

    This common bracket has a smooth curvy look as the rim wraps over the edge of the pores. The cap is pale brown and the underside is white. Though the brackets are produced annually, last year's often survive and are often dark and discoloured.

    Identification difficulty

    Exclusively on fallen dead Birch wood and on standing dead or dying tree trunks.

    When to see it

    All year round

    Life History

    The alternative name of Razorstrop Fungus originated because it has been traditionally dried and used for sharpening knives and razors.

    UK Status

    Very common throughout Britain

    VC55 Status

    Very common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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

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