Hairy Curtain Crust - Stereum hirsutum

    Description

    Hirsute means hairy, and indeed the upper surface of these irregularly-shaped tiered brackets is distinctly hairy. Individual brackets are 2 to 8 cm across and have irregularly wavy edges. The colours, which are zoned and generally paler towards the margin, darken with age and vary considerably with location, but yellow, orange and brown are most common and often carrying bands of dark green algae, giving an attractive appearance; the underside is smooth and a consistent ochre yellow colour. There is no stem.

    Similar Species

    Stereum subtomentosum is similar but is connected to the wood it grows on by a narrow band, whereas S. hirsutum is joined across more than 50% of its width.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    On dead hardwood trees and fallen branches; occasionally on conifers.

    When to see it

    All through the year, but shedding spores in autumn.

    UK Status

    Common and widespread in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Very common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map