Spongipellis spumeus

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Spongipellis spumeus (Sowerby) Pat. (illustrated 35% life size) Bracket 5–22cm×3–10cm across, 2–6cm thick, fan-shaped, usually single; white to yellowish, becoming ochraceous to olive-brown with age; upper surface felty. Flesh whitish; in two distinct layers, the thin upper layer soft and spongy, the lower one much thicker, hard and fibrous; taste not distinctive, smell sweet and heady, sometimes of anise. Tubes 5–16mm long; whitish. Pores 2–5 per mm, more or less circular; cream. Spores 6.5–9×5–7¼, broadly elliptic to subglobose; white. Habitat on deciduous trees; autumn. Uncommon. Not edible.

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