Bleeding Oak Crust - Stereum gausapatum

Description

This fungus initially grows in circular crusts and can then develop small overlapping brackets. It is ochre-brown with a pale margin and very leathery. It 'bleeds' red when cut.

Similar Species

Stereum rugosum is similar but lacks the pale margin and is found on several deciduous trees but not on Oak.

Habitat

On fallen wood and dead attached branches of Oak.

When to see it

All year round

UK Status

Widespread and fairly common in Britain

VC55 Status

Frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map