Wet Rot

Coniophora puteana


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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Wet Rot Coniophora puteana (Schumach.) P. Karst. (illustrated 40% life size) Fruit body resupinate, forming irregular patches 4–20cm across; creamy white at first then pale yellow, becoming dirty chrome to olivaceous, margin broad, white, radiating; surface irregular, rough and warted. Flesh very thin. Spores 11–13Γ—7–8ΒΌ, broadly elliptical; olivaceous-brown. Habitat on trunks, decaying wood or timbers; all year. Common. Not edible. Note this is one of the major causes of wet rot in damp buildings.

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