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Hairy Curtain Crust (Stereum hirsutum)

Observed: 2nd January 2013 By: MickETalbotMickETalbot’s reputation in Fungi and LichensMickETalbot’s reputation in Fungi and LichensMickETalbot’s reputation in Fungi and Lichens
Hairy Curtain Crust (Stereum hirsutum)
Hairy Curtain Crust (Stereum hirsutum)

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Species interactions

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Species with which Hairy Curtain Crust (Stereum hirsutum) interacts


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D.M., Down to the hairy upper

Down to the hairy upper surface, and I hasten to add with your pointer, (Stereum subtomentosum, I found Stereum hirsutum the Hairy Curtain Crust. From what I have read the hairy condition applies only to young fruiting bodies with this species. The latter being a key factor to S. hirsutum, and not, (that I could find), to S. subtomentosum, or S. rameale.

Before going to press I have surfed the net again. I found that S. rameale does have hairs at the young stage, as a fringe around the outer edge. Not all over as in S. hirsutum.

I do, do a lot of research D.M., and prior to this I did too. The most frustrating thing for me is not being able to find an image that looks anything like mine. This case being a good example, even in respect to the carousel here. It being a bracket fungus is initially all I had to go on. You identifying it, (for which I am most grateful), as I said, gave me the pointer to take my research in a more positive direction.

The results are as describe in the first paragraph above. Am I right in saying this is in fact S. hirsutsun..? Or I am I going to end up with a red face again..?

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If I only had the time to do

If I only had the time to do the research and hunting I wanted, sigh :(
On examining pic again and with the extra info regarding general hair covering I tend to agree with you. fYI S.subtomentosum discoloured yellow when upper surface is scratched hence its common name.


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Retirement has its trials and

Retirement has its trials and tribulations, believe you me. It does not help spending hours, days, and even weeks researching whatever, to come up with nowt, become despondent and disillusioned, I do.

May the force be with you...