Tripe Fungus

Auricularia mesenterica

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Tripe Fungus Auricularia mesenterica (Dicks.) Pers. (illustrated (e) 80% life size) Fruit body disc-shaped, then spreading laterally to form densely tiered, gelatinous brackets 2–8cm wide; upper surface hairy, zoned greyish to grey-brown, paler at the lobed margin; lower surface reddish-purple to dark purple with a white bloom; gelatinous, rubbery, coarsely and irregularly wrinkled. Spores 11–13Γ—4–5ΒΌ, subcylindrical to somewhat curved; white. Habitat on stumps and logs of deciduous trees, especially elm; all year. Common. Not edible.

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