Also called ‘Hairy Stereum’, this is a variable coloured, fan-shaped bracket fungus with pale margins, the upper surface being distinctly hairy. It is often seen with bands of green algae. Fruit body up to 7cm wide.
It fruits summer to autumn, and grows on old stumps of deciduous trees, especially those of oak, beech and birch, forming tiers upon tiers. Also found on fallen branches and logs. Common and widespread.
Photographs of Hairy Curtain Crust (Stereum hirsutum) taken August 2007, local wood, Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2007. Camera used Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W1.