Bondarzewia montana

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Bondarzewia montana (QuΓ©l.) Singer (illustrated 40% life size) Cap up to 11cm across, 1cm thick, convex, becoming flat and sunken, singly or several on a branched stem; purplish-brown or ochraceous-brown; scurfy or finely felty, becoming wrinkled. Stem up to 120Γ—40mm, central or off-centre, rooting; brown; velvety. Flesh cream-coloured; firm, hard. Odour pleasant, nutlike. Tubes up to 2mm deep, often decurrent, continuous with flesh; cream-coloured. Pores 1–3 per mm, angular; surface cream. Spores 6–8Γ—5–7ΒΌ, globose to subglobose, ornamented with irregular, short ridges; amyloid. Spore print white. Hyphal structure dimitic. Habitat on the roots of silver fir, especially at high elevations; autumn. Rare in mainland Europe, not recorded for Britain. Edible.

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