Stereum ostrea

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

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Stereum ostrea (Blume & Nees) Fr. (illustrated 50% life size) Fruit body 1–10cm across, irregular, semicircular or bracket-like, often overlapping; zonate and multicoloured in shades of brown and rust; densely hairy. Fertile lower surface pale buff; smooth. Flesh thin, tough, leathery. Spores 5.5–7.5×2–3¼, cylindrical, smooth. Spore print white. Habitat reported from decayed wood in greenhouses; all year. Very rare, with British records not confirmed, but is a common tropical species. Not edible.