Stereum gausapatum

Common Names: Bleeding oak crust
Category: Fungi
Sub-category: Crust Fungus

Fruiting body is sometimes resupinate or effused-reflexed, but usually creating fairly well-defined caps that grow in shelving clusters and often fuse laterally. Individual caps are 2 to 6 cm across, 2 to 3 cm deep; thin; dry; with zones of color and texture; fuzzy; golden brown, brown, beige, and yellowish; often with a whitish margin; without a stem; the margin becoming curled and scalloped. Undersurface is bald; orange-brown to yellow-brown or yellow; with vague color zones; dark red where scratched. Flesh is tough; thin; whitish to pale brownish, with a narrow brownish zone below the cap surface. Fresh specimens bleeds red if cut.

Saprobic on the deadwood of oaks; growing densely gregariously, often from gaps in the bark; causing a white rot of the heartwood; annual; spring, summer, fall, and winter; widely distributed in North America.

Edible Notes: Not edible. Would be too tough and woody to consume.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.