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A Polypore Fungi. Polyporales (earlier known as Aphyllophorales) are basidiomycetes that lack soft gills (lamellae). They are known generally as Polypores. One of the major families is the Polyporaceae, a group of tough, leathery fungi. Polypores are usually wood-rotters. Reportedly used by Aborigines as a smouldering agent (meaning of word "punk") for transport of fire.
This specimen was located by the side of a dirt track, attached to what appeared to be a large cut tree branch or railway sleeper. Spotted in the Brisbane Botanical Gardens at Mt. Coot-Tha.
Spotted on Jun 20, 2013
Submitted on Jun 21, 2013