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.

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    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.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map