Sarcodontia crocea grows on old damaged fruit trees in orchards and gardens rather abandoned, without intensive modern methods of cultivation, thus the fungus has become rare. It is regionally extinct (RE) in Estonia, known from several localities and red listed in Sweden, Finland, Lithuania, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, and Hungary. It has previously been considered as common parasite on apple trees, now is near threatened (NT).
It is known from Europe, North America and Asia
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Habitat and Ecology
Sarcodontia crocea forming annual fruit bodies on living fruit tree from Rosaceae family (mainly Malus, Pyrus, Sorbus, Prunus), but also known from other deciduous trees (Acer, Fraxinus, Fagus and Quercus). It colonizes dead, dry branches or appears in bark cracks and rotted hollows of the trees in orchards, gardens, roadsides. It causes white rot. The fruit body is resupinate to effused, adnate, forming long patches sometimes from several centimeter to meter long covered with densely crowded 5-10 mm long spines. It is distinguishable by bright sulfur-yellow fruit body and a remarkable sweetish-fruity (anise or pineapple) order.