Oak Mazegill - Daedalea quercina

Description

The caps of this bracket fungus grow to between 6 and 20 cm across and fruit-bodies are commonly 2 to 5cm thick. The species has very wide gill-like pores that are radially-aligned.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

Please provide good photographs showing cap surface and underside. If possible please also state host species.

Habitat

Often solitary, this large imposing bracket fungus sometimes occurs in tiers, particularly on the cut ends of felled oak trunks. It is less often seen on other kinds of hardwood timber.

When to see it

Oak Mazegills can be seen all year round, but they shed spores in late summer and autumn.

Life History

A saprobic fungus

UK Status

Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.

VC55 Status

Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

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