Chondostereum purpureum

(Family: Stereaceae)
Silver-leaf Fungus
Chondostereum purpureum
by: klair

Description

Usually many are joined and form overlapping tiers with wavy margins. Thin and pliable when fresh, but brittle when dry. Upper surface is dull purplish brown, velvety in texture with concentric rows of pale hairs. Lower surface purple or brown with a white margin

Pileus (Cap) / Gill:

  • zonate Decorations: Zonate
  • No decurrent tooth
  • none Gill spacing: None

It is smooth and does not have pores.

Stem:

  • none Annulus: None

Habitat

Grows on wood

On dead and living deciduous trees, especially poplars and oaks.
Silverleaf (Chondrostereum purpureum) is a fungal disease that attacks deciduous trees and shrubs including apples, pears, cherries, plums, peaches, apricots, nashi, berryfruit, poplars, willows, silver birches, eucalypts and roses. The fungus can easily move between the different host plants. For example, silverleaf on peach trees can also infect apple trees.

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