Winter polypore - Lentinus brumalis

    Alternative names
    Polyporus brumalis
    Description

    The upper surface of the cap of this polypore is smooth and usually grey-brown but very variable in colour and often zonate. As they age, the fruitbodies become much darker. The cap is 2 to 8 cm in diameter with cap flesh 1 to 5 mm thick, the fruiting bodies usually have inrolled and often somewhat wavy margins. The flesh is white and leathery, becoming very hard in dry weather. Beneath the cap, the white tubes are packed together at a density of 2 to 3 per mm; they are between 0.1 and 0.4 mm deep and terminate in whitish pores that turn buff as they age.

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    Habitat

    Grows on fallen branches of deciduous trees, especially beech and cherry.

    When to see it

    Late autumn through to the end of spring.

    UK Status

    Fairly frequent and widespread across most of Britain

    VC55 Status

    Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

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