Postia fragilis

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

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Postia fragilis (Fr.) Jülich syn. Oligoporus fragilis (Fr.) Gilb. & Ryvarden syn. Tyromyces fragilis (Fr.) Donk (illustrated 55% life size) Bracket 2–10cm across, semicircular, fan-shaped, or elongated in outline, sessile; white, becoming reddish- or pinkish-brown in age, bruising yellow then reddish when handled; finely hairy, becoming matted in age. Flesh white then reddish, bruising yellowish; soft when fresh; smell strong. Tubes 2–8mm deep. Pores 2–4 per mm, angular to irregular; white, bruising yellowish then rusty red. Spores 4–5×1–2¼, cylindrical to sausage-shaped, smooth; whitish. Habitat singly, in overlapping groups, or in fused clusters on decaying coniferous wood; autumn. Uncommon. Not edible.