Plicatura crispa

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Plicatura crispa

On a fallen branch. 30 December 2021 Beech, Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin.

Common Name

Crimped Gill

Cap

Shell shaped, laterally attached to the substrate, surface finely felty, white when young, then orange brown, zoned, margin pale and inrolled, scalloped, to about 3 cm across

Hymenium

Covered wih wrinkles, often branched, radiating outwards, white when young, soon pale brown then darker brown

Smell

Indistinct

Season

Autumn to spring

Distribution

Infrequent, more common in northern England and Scotland

Habitat

On the bark of dead wood from deciduous trees, favouring beech and hazel

Spore Print

White

Microscopic Features

Spores sausage shaped, smooth, slightly amyloid (3.5-4) x (1-1.5) µm2. Basidia club shaped, 4 spored. Hyphal system monomitic. Cystidia absent.

Edibility

Inedible

Notes

Easily recognised by the wrinkled underside.

Plicatura crispa

30 December 2021 Beech, Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin.