Angel's Wings

Pleurocybella porrigens

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About

This distinctive white bracket-like fungus grows in clusters on decaying conifer wood.  Relatively common in coniferous woodland in the Scottish highlands, it is also found in the south of Scotland and in Cumbria but is it is very rare elsewhere.  Inedible

How to identify

Angel's Wings are bracket-like fungi with white or ivory more or less circular caps of between 2-10cm across overlapping in tiers. The cap margin curves inwards and becomes undulating with age. The surface of the cap is felty. The gills are white becoming cream. The cap does not have a stem.

Where to find it

In conifer woodlands on decaying stumps and branches.

Habitats

When to find it

  • September
  • October
  • November

How can people help

Fungi are an important part of our woodland ecology, helping to recycle nutrients from dead or decaying organic matter. Many animals depend on them, too. The Wildlife Trusts look after many woodland reserves, managing them for the benefit of the wildlife present, often leaving standing and fallen dead wood which supports fungi. You can help by having log piles and dead wood in your own garden to encourage fungi. In partnership with the RHS, The Wildlife Trusts' Wild About Gardens initiative can help you plan your wildlife garden

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Species information

Common name
Angel's Wings
Latin name
Pleurocybella porrigens
Category
Fungi
Statistics
Caps are up to 10cm across.
Conservation status
Common in the Scottish Highlands, rare elsewhere.