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Stereum (Genus:) (Leaf Fungus)

Kingdom: Fungi
Division: Basidiomycota
Class: Agaricomycetes
Order: Russulales
Family: Stereaceae
Genus: Stereum (contains 27 species that have a widespread distribution)
Common name: for the species: leaf fungus, wax fungus, shelf fungus.

Stereum is type genus of the Stereaceae family of fungi, in the Russulales order. It is named due to having a shape similar to a stereum (derived from the Greek stereos meaning hard or stiff). Lives on decaying wood.