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Red-Banded Polypore

Fomitopsis pinicola

Description:

Cap hoof-shaped or triangular, hard and tough texture, up to 30-40 x 25 x 10 cm. Surface is more or less smooth, at first orange-yellow with a white margin, later dark reddish to brown and then frequently with orange margin. Pore surface pale yellow to leather-brown, 3-4 pores per mm. Grows on live and dead coniferous or (less common) deciduous trees. The fruiting body of Fomitopsis pinicola is called the conk. It is a woody, pileate fruiting body with pores lined with basidia on its underside. As in other polypores, the fruiting body is perennial with a new layer of pores produced each year on the bottom of the old pores. This mushroom is inedible due to its woody texture, but it is useful as tinder.

Habitat:

Forest. The species is common throughout the temperate Northern hemisphere.

Notes:

This fungi also can be used to make papers. Please see http://somamushrooms.org/dyes/ for more information.

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2 Comments

YukoChartraw
YukoChartraw 2 years ago

Information updated. Thank you for the lead, lightworkerpeace!

lightworkerpeace
lightworkerpeace 2 years ago

Compare to Fomitopsis!

Parkland, Washington, USA

Lat: 47.13, Long: -122.45

Spotted on Nov 4, 2012
Submitted on Nov 12, 2012

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