Corticium coerulescens    a beautiful shade of blue!

Blue is the most uncommon color in NATURE!

Thanks John, isn’t that a beautiful shade of blue!
I first learned that one as “Corticium coerulescens”.  It's a hymenomycete, meaning that it is a basidiomycete produces the sexual spores (basidia) in a fertile layer.  The species epithet means “blue” and the genus name refers to a huge group of fungi producing mats on wood.  A more recent name, which is not yet widely used is
Chromelosporium coerulescens .


Kevin T. Smith, PhD 
Supervisory Plant Physiologist
Forest Service
Northern Research Station-


John A. Keslick Jr.
Tree Biologist

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