Phaeocalicium polyporaeum (Nyl.) Tibell (1979) on Trichaptum biforme (2 Photos)

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Phaeocalicium polyporaeum is a tiny fungus that can be found throughout the year on the bracket polypore Trichaptum biforme. It has also been reported on lichenized areas of Trametes versicolor. At less than a milimeter high, it looks a bit like a burnt black liliputian matchstick, thus one of its common names is  ‘Black Matchstick Fungus’. It may be a lichenicolus fungi or possibly be related to lichens in some way. Its spores are light brown. It does not seem to harm the polypore in any way.

Phaeocalicium polyporaeum on Trichaptum biforme