Nikica Ogris, Thomas Cech
Fig. 1. Fruiting bodies – above
Fig. 2. Fruiting bodies – below, split gills
The fruiting bodies are mostly clustered, 2–5 cm wide, mussel- or fan-shaped, sessile, tough leathery, and often have scalloped margins. Their upper surfaces are pale grey and felty-woolly; on the undersides there are reddish-brown or somewhat pinkish gills, arranged like a fan and split lengthwise along their edges.
Broadleaves and conifers. The fugus can be found on standing trees which have suffered sunburn and other bark damage. Otherwise it is growing on converted and painted timber.
Widespread in the Danube region.
The fungus causes a white rot of softwood. Spores can cause various diseases in humans.
Similar to the white-coloured mushrooms from the genus Crepidotus, which differ by their juicyand fragile consistency, and real (not split) gills (Figs. 3 and 4).