Observation 138248: Cerioporus squamosus (Huds.) Quél.

When: 2013-06-30

Collection location: York Co., Maine, USA [Click for map]

Who: Erlon (Herbert Baker)

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Copyright © 2013 Erlon Bailey
Copyright © 2013 Erlon Bailey
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Thanks, Herbert…
By: I. G. Safonov (IGSafonov)
2016-06-02 22:36:57 CDT (-0500)

…for pointing out the other obs. I didn’t even see Xylaria here — my attention was preoccupied with the dead Artist Conk that I should have recognized at least at the generic level, as I see it almost every year. I still cannot figure why I do well with boletes but struggle to recognize even basic, common polypores.
I think it’s interesting that the stump was colonized by the Ganoderma, and it blossomed there for many years, probably unopposed by other saprobes, and then it died for whatever reason. As soon it was out of the picture, other species took over readily, and life was triumphant once again over death, rising over the weathered remains of once mighty Ganoderma. And yet, there is a touch of sadness in this picture, and I don’t know why… Other than that, there must be something special about this small and rotten chunk of lignin and cellulose if it can support such a diversity for many, many years.

Ganoderma applanatum sensu lato.
By: Erlon (Herbert Baker)
2016-06-02 21:19:08 CDT (-0500)

and Xylaria polymorpha. I have another observation that highlights the later species, here: http://mushroomobserver.org/138222?q=2mGNr

By: I. G. Safonov (IGSafonov)
2016-06-02 20:44:25 CDT (-0500)

What are the other fungi? Looks like some kind of a familiar perennial polypore. Polyporaceae is not my forte. :( Should this rather be called a mixed collection? :)

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