Tripe Fungus - Auricularia mesenterica

    Description

    Fruit body disc shaped at first then spreading laterally to form densely tiered gelatinous brackets 2 to 4 cm wide; upper surface of bracket hairy, zoned greyish to grey brown, paler at the lobed margin, lower surface reddish purple to dark purple with a white bloom, gelatinous and rubbery, coarsely and irregularly wrinkled.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    On stumps and logs of deciduous trees especially elm.

    When to see it

    All year round.

    UK Status

    Widespread in England.

    VC55 Status

    Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map