Small, semicircular, pinkish coral bracket fungus; pinkish to cream-colored, wrinkled, and veined beneath. Grows on dead logs and stumps of deciduous trees. Summer–fall. Cap semicircular with a wavy margin; pinkish coral, turning salmon to cream-colored; texture finely hairy. Underside pinkish to cream-colored; porelike, with radiating, wrinkled, and veined, branched folds. Stalk not present. Spore print white. Spores magnified are elliptical, smooth, colorless.
There are no lookalikes in Missouri.
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..