Peeling Oysterling - Crepidotus mollis

    Alt Name
    Soft Slipper Toadstool
    Description

    Crepidotus mollis is a fan-shaped fungus. It has a cap cuticle (skin) that readily peels away from the flesh. The skin is rubbery and transparent and can be stretched to at least double its length before it tears. The cap is initially very pale, 1.5 to 5cm diameter and may turn ochre-brown with age. The pale brown gills fan out from the attachment point; they are soft and gelatinous. As the fruitbody ages, the spores mature and the gills turn rusty brown from the centre.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    It grows on the trunks, large branches and stumps of dead broadleaved trees, particularly where the air is kept moist by tumbling streams.

    When to see it

    Late summer and autumn.

    UK Status

    Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map