Waxy Crust

Vuilleminia comedens

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Waxy Crust Vuilleminia comedens (Nees) Maire syn. Corticium comedens (Nees) Fr. (illustrated 60% life size) Fruit body resupinate, forming firm to gelatinous patches 1–13cm across below the bark; dingy lilac to pale flesh-coloured, slightly viscid and translucent when moist. Spores 18–20Γ—5–6ΒΌ, cylindrical to sausage-shaped; white. Habitat beneath the bark on dead, often still attached, branches of deciduous trees; all year. Common but inconspicuous; most easily found by looking for the characteristic rolled-back bark of the host. Not edible.

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