Observation 191538: Cerrena unicolor (Bull.) Murrill

When: 2014-10-10

Collection location: Deep River County Park, Hobart, Indiana, USA [Click for map]

Who: Marielle Biscocho (mbiscoch)

No specimen available

-This specimen was found growing gregariously as a shelf-like structure on a fallen hardwood.
-There wasn’t really a distinctive smell other than wet dirt.
-By looking at the specimen, it looked like a cluster because it appeared to have different and overlapping “caps”.
-Overall, the structure of this specimen was almost kidney-shaped.
-The diameter of the structure was measured to be about 17 cm.
-The surface was a cream beige color with some green algae growing on it.
-The surface was also dull, somewhat velvety to the touch, and somewhat wrinkly.
-When the specimen was cut in half, the flesh was observed to be white in color.
-The underneath surface revealed that the specimen was porous. The cream colored pores were incredibly small. It was also observed that some areas were dark brown in color, which was assumed to indicate bruising. [Note: It was already bruised when it was collected. However, it didn’t bruise when I damaged the surface with my pocket knife.]
-It was difficult to cut in half. The specimen was rigid but somewhat flexible towards the margins. It almost felt like I was cutting tough rubber.
-The spore print was cream/white.


Surface fresh specimen with signs of algae growth
Gregarious growth on fallen hardwood log
Under surface, “bruised” cream pores
Close up of the pores
Mb74 spore.jpg
Microscopic, 40x magnification

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Recognized by sight: Porous specimen on wood
Used references: Mushrooms of the Midwest by Michael Kuo and Andrew S. Methven

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