Wrinkled Peach

Rhodotus palmatus


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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Wrinkled Peach Rhodotus palmatus (Bull.) Maire syn. Pleurotus palmatus (Bull.) Quél. (illustrated 50% life size) Cap 5–10cm across, convex then flattened, horizontal, margin inrolled; clear pink at first, later peach- to apricot-coloured; distinctly wrinkled, pellicle gelatinous, thick and tough, entirely separable. Stem 30–70×10–15mm, curved; white to pinkish; covered in white fibrils. Flesh whitish, tinged pink to orange; taste bitter, smell pleasant. Gills interconnected; paler than the cap. Spores 5–7¼ in diameter, subglobose, finely warted. Spore print pinkish. Habitat especially on elm logs or beams; early autumn to winter. Rather rare, due to the lack of mature elm trees since Dutch elm disease. Not edible.

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