Fungi Outer Hebrides

Phylum: Ascomycota   Family: Xylariaceae

Kretzschmaria deusta  (Hoffm.) P.M.D. Martin

Brittle Cinder

A common wood-rotter, easily overlooked as it occurs near the base of trees, often found on decaying stumps. The fungus develops in spring in the anamorphic stage as greyish crusts with white wavy-edges. In summer, the fungus turns black and brittle, this is the sexual stage

Læssøe, T. & Petersen, J.H. (2019) Fungi of Temperate Europe, Volume 2