Dry Rot

Serpula lacrymans

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

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Dry Rot Serpula lacrymans (Wulfen) J. Schröt. (illustrated 40% life size) Fruit body 5–50cm across, usually resupinate but also occasionally forming brackets on vertical substrates, margin thick; arising from a whitish, pinkish, lilac, or grey mycelium. Flesh 2–12mm thick; greyish-white; spongy-fleshy. Pores rusty yellow, becoming more yellowish towards the white, sterile margin. Spores 8–10×5–6¼, elliptical; rust-brown. Habitat on worked wood in buildings, although the fruit bodies of the fungus may also appear on non-organic substrates such as plaster or brickwork; all year. Occasional. Not edible. Note photographed by Alan & Patie Outen.