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A common species of heathland and conifer woods in the late summer that looks like dead leaves and may be overlooked


Thelephora terrestris: the earth fan

Post date: Saturday, 21 May, 2016 - 21:26

If you trudge across heathland or through conifer woods in the late summer through to early winter you may well encounter this fairly common fungus, the earth fan (Thelephora terrestris). It is faily common according to my  reference book but I have only ever found it once but it is easily missed because the 'fans' can look just like dead leaves and in any event it always look like a dead, unidentifiable fungus! The dull brown withered appearance does give the impression they are past their best! 

This is a bit of an unusual species though as it is actually a bracket type of fungus and one usually associates brackets with dead trees and stumps so to find one growing on the ground and out of earth is not what one expects. They are not actually growing out of the soil, however, there is always some buried dead wood underneath them.

They are not edible but then they look very dry and withered I am sure no one would fancy trying them anyway!


The records for this species have been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail:

Sites List Distribution Map Some Charts Some Photographs Original Tweets Relatives Guidance Notes
Common Name Earth Fan
Scientific Name Thelephora terrestris
Interest Level
Species Family Miscellaneous Fungi
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