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White cushion

Observed: 13th September 2013 By: Paul RobertsPaul Roberts’s reputation in Fungi and LichensPaul Roberts’s reputation in Fungi and LichensPaul Roberts’s reputation in Fungi and Lichens

Encrusting cushion-like fungus on dead broadleaf tree.


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I am sure this is not

I am sure this is not Dichomitus campestris. As you say it should have a dark edge. I will post a photo. I have very little literature on these resupinate fungi but I think Datronia mollis is more likely.

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Thanks Mal

Datronia mollis appears next to Dichomitus campestris in my book (Jordan, Encyclopedia, 2004) but it describes it as leathery with a brown upper surface so I didn't consider it. But looking around further I can see your point. The cushion appearance is confusing me. Also seems slightly warty. So not sure. Will try and take a better look when I'm back there Sun. But D. campestris was a bit of a long shot. Suggestion greatly appreciated. Thanks, Paul

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Took another look

Took another look at this yesterday and tore off a small sample. Nothing conclusive. Can confirm entirely resupinate, no sign of dark margin (D. campestris). Sample was very tightly attached but peeling away attached wood there is no sign of any dark leathery surface anywhere including where attached. Texture not downy, firm but slightly springy when pressed like an india rubber. Expresses water when damp (after rain) and seems to bruise to a light tan. Suspected the cushion shapes might be following the contours of the wood below but this is not the case.

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No sign of colour changes

No sign of colour changes that would indicate D.campestris. Datronia mollis looks much more likely. Thanks flaxton, Paul