On Dead Wood

Hairy Curtain Crust (Stereum hirsutum)

I come across this bracket fungus quite often in my local woods growing on dead tree trunks or branches. Touching it, it feels quite hard and resilient, a bit like tough hide. I believe it’s called Hairy Curtain Crust (Stereum hirsutum), named because it has a hairy, almost velvet like appearance. It can appear in many colour forms.

Hairy Curtain Crust (Stereum hirsutum)

Photograph of Hairy Curtain Crust (Stereum hirsutum), taken September 2016, local wood, Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2016. Camera used Nikon D7200, with Sigma 105mm macro lens.

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