Dyer's Mazegill - Phaeolus schweinitzii

Alternative names
Velvet-top Fungus

A large annual bracket and can be either round or fan shaped with a distinctive yellow margin blending, as the fruitbody matures, to a browner central region. Typically 15 to 25 cm in diameter and 2 to 5cm thick.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

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This fungus appears at the roots of conifers, mainly pine and spruce trees, sometimes in two or three overlapping tiers.

When to see it

Throughout summer and autumn, but in dry conditions old fruitbodies sometimes persist.

UK Status

Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.

VC55 Status

Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

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

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