Small, white, hairy, fan-shaped caps; beneath, whitish or pinkish gill-like folds that split toward the edge. Grows in clusters on dead branches. Year-round. Cap fan-shaped; whitish to grayish; texture dry, hairy, leathery. Underside whitish to grayish to pinkish; hairy, with gill-like folds that are split lengthwise to the cap margin. Stalk not present, or tiny. Spore print white. Spores magnified are cylindrical, smooth.
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Habitat and Conservation
Mushrooms are a lot like plants, but they lack chlorophyll and have to take nutrients from other materials. Mushrooms are neither plants nor animals. They are in a different kingdom — the fungi. Fungi include the familiar mushroom-forming species, plus the yeasts, molds, smuts, and rusts.
Always be cautious when eating edible mushrooms. Be absolutely sure of the ID, and only eat a small amount the first time you try it to avoid a reaction..