Silverleaf Fungus - Chondrostereum purpureum

Description

This fungus forms leathery, lilac to deep purple patches with a white edge. After starting as just a crust on the wood, the fruiting structure develops undulating intergrowing brackets up to about 3 cm broad.

Identification difficulty
Habitat

On dead deciduous wood, often appearing on the sawn ends of felled trunks. 

When to see it

All year round.

Life History

Causes Silverleaf disease on the foliage of the Plum and Cherry family.

UK Status

Infrequent but widespread in Britain.

VC55 Status

Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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

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