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Elegant Polypore

Polyporus varius or P. elegans


Cap: 2-10 cm; broadly convex to flat; round in outline, or kidney-shaped; dry; smooth or finely fibrous; sometimes radially lined; tan, cinnamon tan, or paler; the margin frequently wavy. Pore Surface: White when young, becoming dingy brownish in age; running down the stem; 4-6 angular pores per mm; tubes to 3 mm deep. Stem: Central or off-center to lateral; .5-7 cm long; 2-10 mm wide; equal; often curving; dry; smooth or finely velvety; pale tan at the apex but black below (at least at the base, and usually for half or more of the stem's height); tough. Flesh: Whitish to dingy brownish or cinnamon; thin; very tough. Spore Print: White.


Saprobic on decaying hardwood sticks and small logs (rarely on conifer debris); causing a white rot; growing scattered or alone; summer and fall, or year-round in warmer climates; widely distributed in North America.


P. elegans is a synonym for this species. Spotted in Cumberland Gap NHP.

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Kentucky, USA

Spotted on Jun 29, 2013
Submitted on Jun 29, 2013

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