A small size mushroom, growing in overlapping clusters on fallen branches or decaying trunks of hardwoods. Once you have checked its underneath, it is unmistakable.
|Common Names||Crimped Gill (EN), Tagell Grech (CY), Fałdówka Kędzierzawa (PL), Bükk-Eresgomba (HU)|
|Scientific Name||Plicaturopsis crispa|
|Synonyms||Plicatura crispa, Plicatura faginea, Trogia faginea, Merulius fagineus|
|Season Start||All Year|
|Season End||All Year|
|Average Mushroom height (CM)|
|Average Cap width (CM)||1-2.5|
1-2.5 cm wide, somewhat fan shaped (spathulate) or semi-circular. Attached to the substrate in one point.
Its upper surface is finely velvety, smooth with white to ochre, yellow brown concentric zones. Its margin is lobed, undulating, white.
Thin, papery, white
Grows on fallen branches or decaying trunks of hardwoods, causing white-rot. Usually on small branches of hazel in the UK, but often found on alder, beech and birch, in open woodlands, parklands and cemeteries.
Splitgill (Schizophyllum commune), pictured, has white, hairy skin, also has pseudo gills, but they are longitudinally split.
Spore print is white. Spores are smooth; thin walled; cylindrical, curved and sausage shaped.
Taste / Smell
Inedible, but non-toxic.
Uncommon and rarely reported.
Crimped gill is often colonized by other organisms. If found with red marks on the wrinkled lower surface, it is a clear sign of being colonized by Serratia marcescens, a yeast-like Gram-positive bacteria.