Nectria episphaeria

    Alternative names
    Dialonectria episphaeria

    The fruit bodies are bright red, when fresh, almost translucent, smooth, spherical and with central ostioles for release of spores. As they age, they become a dull orange brown colour. They grow to about 0.2 mm across.

    Identification difficulty

    Their hosts are decaying pyrenomycete fungi such as Diatrype stigma, Hypoxylon fragiforme and Chaetosphaerella phaeostroma, on the surface of dead wood from deciduous trees. They grow individually or in groups, which can sometimes have over 100 fruit bodies.

    When to see it

    Usually to be found from autumn to spring.All year round.

    UK Status

    Widespread in Britain but not particularly common.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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