Silverleaf Fungus

Chondrostereum purpureum

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

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Silverleaf Fungus Chondrostereum purpureum (Pers.) Pouzar syn. Stereum purpureum Pers. (illustrated 45% life size) Bracket 1.5–3cm×1–2cm across, 0.2–0.5cm thick, extremely undulate, usually several brackets fused together and overlapping; upper surface covered in dense, white, woolly hairs in concentric bands; lower surface dark violaceous or violaceous-brown in young specimens, becoming brownish with age, drying paler (lower specimens in photograph). Flesh tough when fresh, becoming brittle when dry. Spores 5–8×2.5–3¼, subcylindrical. Hyphal structure monomitic, generative hyphae with clamp connections. Habitat parasitic or saprophytic on various trees, especially members of the Rosaceae; all year. Common. Not edible.