Elder Whitewash - Hyphodontia sambuci

Alternative names
Lyomyces sambuci

Hyphodontia sambuci is a chalky white or greyish fungal pathogen found on the dead wood of branches that are still attached to the tree.

Identification difficulty

It is found on several deciduous species, but is particularly associated with Elder.

When to see it

All year round.

Life History

Usually associated with Elder.

UK Status

Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map