Ramaria: Earthfan

Thelephora terrestris

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Mushrooms

By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Earthfan Thelephora terrestris Ehrh. (illustrated 60% life size) Fruit body 3–6cm across, fan-shaped, vertical to horizontal, forming large clustered groups; reddish- to chocolate-brown, darkening to almost black with age; covered in radiating fibres, becoming paler and fringed at the margin; lower or fertile surface clay-brown to pallid, irregularly wrinkled. Spores 8–9×6–7¼, angular and warted; purple-brown. Habitat in coniferous woods or heaths, usually on sandy soil; late summer to early winter. Common. Not edible.

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