Observation 26342: Steccherinum ochraceum (Pers.) Gray
When: 2009-10-05
Herbarium specimen reported

Notes: Found on a dead standing tree in a hardwood forest. The mostly resupinate caps are fan-shaped to semi-circular and measure between 2 and 3.5cm. They display concentric zones of light greyish tan and white and are somewhat velvety. The margins are mostly white, covered in fine hairs and slightly irregular. The caps are generally fused laterally forming clusters up to 15 cm. Some very small caps (less than 1cm) appear to emerge from the fertile surface of other caps.

The fertile surface bears somewhat flattened teeth, 2-3/mm. They range in length from about 1 to, rarely, as much as 3mm. They are predominately light tan-orange, many with white at the tip. Some tips appear to be forked. The fertile surface attached to the tree is 3 to 4 times the size of its cap, giving the impression that it is spreading. Most margins are edged in white.

The sample was leathery and supple, but not moist, when collected in the late afternoon. I covered it to attempt to collect a spore print, but it was dry in the morning and I could not detect any spores. The tips of the teeth no longer appear white, now that the specimen has dried.

This is a very pretty fungus that dried nicely. I’ll be keeping it!

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Used references: Mushrooms of Northeastern North American, Bessette, Bessette and Fischer
Audubon Field Guide to Mushrooms, Lincoff
Mushrooms of Northeast North American, Barron
Gary Emberger’s Fungi Growing on Wood website: (http://www.messiah.edu/...)

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