Laughing Jack; spectacular rustgill
Deciduous broadleaved species.
conifers (particularly pine).
Found at the base and along the main stem of the host tree – including from within cavities. Often more abundant on dead stems and stumps.
Annual cap. Soft and fleshy. Can individually become quite large. Usually growing singularly or in groups of 2-5. Cap is a densely-striated golden orange with a yellowish ‘background’. Stem (stipe) is a light golden orange-yellow and partially ringed (veil breaks early on that covers gills). Gills are rust brown – coloured so by spore release.
Attributed to a selective white rot of the wood. Generally considered saprotrophic though may potentially act as a parasite. Indicative of existing decay and dysfunction, on living trees – particularly indicative of root damage and basal decay, when found at and around the base of the host tree. Fructifications that encircle the stem base and / or along lengths of the stem may suggest physiological dysfunction and decay as caused by other wood-decay fungi.