Panus neostrigosus /rubus /lecomtei
Very Violet and hairy when young:
Older specimens turn tannish:
Gills run down the stem:
Panus is a small genus of tough wood-rotting fungi whose fruit bodies are usually purple tinged when young and fresh; they grow rather like oyster mushrooms or Split Gill fungi, with a very short eccentric stem, wavy margins, and shallowish gills that fork.
Panus rudis occurs on dead deciduous hardwood in southern Europe and North America. The few records from Britain might be due to confusion with Panus conchatus.
This species is not generally considered edible, and we have no information about whether it contains toxins; however, Panus rudis as found in North America is stated by Clyde Martin Christensen (see Reference Sources, below) to be edible but tough.