Mushrooms occurring in Europe - Pycnoporus cinnabarinus

By marianomariano | Nature - mushrooms | 20 Sep 2019


Pycnoporus cinnabarinus - Annual mushroom. Console-shaped, semicircular, sessile or fan-shaped, sometimes flat or fused with others, or even outstretched. Wide sideways attached to the ground. 20 to 100 mm wide and 10 to 20 mm thick.

Hat initially bright, red-orange, cinnabar orange or cinnabar. Often discoloring with age. The surface is young, nappy in age, bare, uneven, smooth or slightly wrinkled with age, sometimes very poorly zoned. The edge is usually thin and sharp, from the bottom vain on the belt 1 - 2 mm wide, after wintering brown red.

Single-layer tubes. Cap and flesh colors 2 to 6 mm long.

Tube color pores. Round or angular, fine, 0.3 to 0.6 mm in diameter.

The flesh is almost the same color as the surface and, like it, can be gently twisted on the cross section with lighter and darker stripes corresponding to its individual layers, on which it is relatively easy to separate when torn. Under the action of KOH, it turns black. 2 to 10 mm thick. Initially soft, spongy, then soft - corky, flexible, finally hard, with flocculent - fibrous tear. Smell and taste blurred.

Occurrence: In forests, thickets, orchards and gardens. On deciduous wood, mainly birch, beech, poplar, cherry or cherry, very rarely on coniferous wood. Freshly growing from summer to autumn, however, it can be found throughout the year.

Value: Inedible mushroom.

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