Phellodon melaleucus is a fungus with needles, similar to the more common Phellodon niger and to Hydnellum concrescens. It has thin, lobe shaped bodies as chips, usually welded and overlapping one above the other. On top it is beautifully coloured of dark brown in concentric circles ending in a pale band in the edge. Beneath it has pale needles going down to its short, flat, eccentric stipe.
Phellodon melaleucus is found in broad leaves tree forests. It has been found in oaks forest in the area of Font Freda (Mura), in Natural Park of Sant Llorenç del Munt i l’Obac.
[photos Jordi Badia]