29 October 2007 Bedfordshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin.
Tongue or bracket shaped, laterally attached to the substrate, surface felty then finely scaly, dark buff to ochraceous, to about 6 cm across
Decurrent, crowded, branched, often wrinkled, buff to yellowish brown
On dead coniferous wood
Spores ellipsoidal, smooth (4-5.5) x (3-4) µm2
This species could be confused with the much rarer Phyllotopsis nidulans, which has brighter colours and a hairy cap. The fungus is frequent in damp coal mines, where it causes damage to supporting timbers