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Wrinkled Crust

Phlebia radiata


Phlebia radiata is an orange to pink crust fungus that spreads itself across the dead wood of hardwoods and conifers across North America. It has a wrinkled surface in which the wrinkles radiate outward, more or less, from a central location. It does not develop pores, and it does not develop a cap structure or even, usually, a folded-over edge. Description: Ecology: Saprobic; spreading across logs and stumps of hardwoods or conifers; annual; causing a white rot; spring, summer, fall, and winter; widely distributed in North America. Fruiting Body: 1-10 cm or more across; irregular in outline; up to about 3 mm thick; surface wrinkled, with the wrinkles and folds radiating from a more or less central point; orange to pink (more rarely tan with orangish edges, or purplish); occasionally developing a slightly folded-over, hairy edge


location: North America, Europe edibility: Inedible fungus colour: White to cream, Orange normal size: 5-15cm cap type: Other stem type: Lateral, rudimentary or absent spore colour: White, cream or yellowish habitat: Grows on wood


Phlebia merismoides Fr. syn. P. radiata Fr. syn. P. aurantiaca (Sow.) Karst. Orangefarbiger Kammpilz. Fruit body resupinate forming round, oval or irregular patches, 8–10mm across and 2–3mm thick, margin fringed, surface very wrinkled with radiating ridges, the colour varying from dull flesh-colour or purplish to bright fluorescent orange, especially at the margin, tending to whitish with age. Spores white, sausage-shaped, 4–7 x 1–3um. Habitat on the bark of dead deciduous trees, especially beech. Season all year. Common. Not edible. Distribution, America and Europe ( )

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