Only my second sighting of this little Polypore. The first being on a golf course in Angus Scotland several years ago. This time it was on my own patch in Derbyshire, England! It was growing in isolation on a broken twig lying on the ground amongst leaf litter. The specimen in Scotland was as its maximum size which is 10 cm across. This tiny little one was about 2 cm across but perfectly formed. The black marking towards the base of the stem being a perfect example of why it gets its name.
Cap 1-10 cm across, funnel-shaped with an irregular margin edge. Indented at the point where the stem attaches. Oche-brown becoming tan with age. Finely lined. Pores white later becoming brown. Stem approx up to 5 cm, narrow with blackening at the base.
|Showing the black marking at the base of the stem 'Blackfoot'|
|Close-up of cap|