Bleeding Oak Crust

Stereum gausapatum

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Bleeding Oak Crust Stereum gausapatum (Fr.) Fr. syn. S. spadiceum (Fr.) Fr. (illustrated 45% life size) Fruit body resupinate or forming small, tiered brackets 1–4cm across; upper surface zoned ochre-brown to greyish, margin white; tough and leathery, thin-fleshed, finely hairy. Fertile or lower surface pallid to dark chestnut, bleeding red if cut when fresh; smooth. Spores 7–8Γ—3–3.5ΒΌ, oblong; white, amyloid. Habitat on stumps, logs and fallen branches of deciduous trees, especially oak; all year. Common. Not edible.

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