Crimped Gill - Plicatura crispa

Alternative names
Plicaturopsis crispa

From above, this species is quite similar in appearance to Turkey Tail fungi.  The tough upper surfaces are orangey, varying to tawny brown in colour, and demarcated to form zones of different colours and tending towards white at the edges. Although on the underside these fungi appear to be gilled, these are not true gills but branching ridges in the hymenium that look much like gills.

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They grow in dense overlapping tiers on dead stumps and branches.

When to see it

All year round, especially in late winter and spring.

UK Status

Previously scarce in Britain outside of Scotland, its British range has increased dramatically this century, especially since 2010.

VC55 Status

Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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Species profile

Common names
Crimped Gill
Species group:
Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
16/03/2023 (Alton, John)
Last record:
20/11/2023 (Bell, Melinda)

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