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Dryad's saddle

Cerioporus squamosus


These are very mature specimens, way past their prime, as evidenced by the blackened appearance of the cap and the fungus' dehydrated state. This was a large clump, at about 10" in diameter. The mushroom's spores and dried secretions on the pores are visible in photos 4 and 5. Cerioporus squamosus is one of many fungi that causes butt rot on the host tree.


These mushrooms were found on a live tree with rot, perhaps 7 feet up, on a shaded riverbank.


Dryad's saddle, also called pheasant's back mushroom, is edible only when it's young. When I first spotted this, I had no inkling as to its identity because it looked so different from most younger specimens.

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1 Comment

Tukup 5 months ago

Great job identifying it Mauna.

mauna Kunzah
Spotted by
mauna Kunzah

New York, USA

Lat: 42.09, Long: -76.88

Spotted on Apr 29, 2019
Submitted on Jun 29, 2019

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