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