22 October 2020 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin.
Shell shaped, surface smooth, white then ivory to pale brown, sometimes with brown scales, laterally attached to the substrate, to about 8 cm across
Pale buff to pale rust, fairly close
Lateral, rudimentary or absent
Thin, gelatinous beneath the cap surface, white
On dead branches and trunks of deciduous trees
Spores ellipsoidal, smooth (7-9) x (5-6.5) µm2. Basidia club shaped, 4 spored. Gill edge cystidia irregular, cylindrical to narrowly flask shaped. Cap hairs smooth.
Crepidotus mollis and C. calolepis are separated from other species by the thin, elastic cap cuticle which is easily seen by squashing the cap. The scaly form of this species needs examination with a microsope to separate it from C. calolepis.
Scaly specimens, which were growing on the same fallen tree, within a meter of the smooth specimens in the previous image. 22 October 2020 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin.