Earthfan - Thelephora terrestris


Rosette-like fans have a reddish brown to dark chocolate brown upper surface, sometimes paler at margin and often with faint darker circular banding; petals splitting irregularly at the margin; covered in radial fibres; 6 to 15cm across, with individual petals 2 to 6cm long. The fertile underside is clay brown to mid brown or reddish brown; wrinkled but less fibrous than the upper surface. It has only a rudimentary, brown stem.

Identification difficulty
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Usually in areas of pine woods and other conifer plantations; it is sometimes found with broadleaf trees such as oak, birch and even willow; and, just occasionally this versatile fungus is seen on heathland.

When to see it

July to November.

UK Status

Widespread and fairly frequent 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