Observation 210527: Fomitopsis pinicola (Sw.) P. Karst.

When: 2015-06-24

Collection location: Loseeniy Ostrov or Elk Island National Park, Moscow, Russia [Click for map]

55.8451° 37.7481° 235m

Who: Igor (Igor_Yevdokimov)

No specimen available

Fomitopsis pinicola (Sw.) P. Karst., Polyporaceae, Aphyllophorales. (Red-belted Polypore or Трутовик окаймлённый, трутовик сосновый.)

Cap: 10-30cm wide, convex as asymmetrical wide cone or somewhat hoof-shaped, sometimes upper part looks as a knob attached to a wood; a cap consists of thick dull gray and red overlapped layers with additional thin semi-concentric coloring, smooth along margin with some glossy resinous crust, somewhat fine velvety or rough at the top. Cap sometimes includes vegetation or some wood fragments into a cap. Stages of coloring (young and soft up to old and strong): white or dull cream, yellow, orange, red, grayish red or reddish-brown, medium grey, minor dark grey.
Flesh: 0.5-2cm thick, soft yellowish-white or cream, then yellowish-brown up to brown.
Tubes: 3-8mm long one season or rain period, several per 1mm, bottom cap surface looks fine velvety, almost white (when soft) then light yellow or cream up to yellowish-brown; bruising of young tubes makes some reddish coloring.
Stalk: absent (lateral fixation edge).
Habitat: single or small group at the old partially rotten stumps or trunks minor at living trees. It grows several years (up to more ten). Most of these mushrooms grow on birch and oak woods in this unusual ancient forest. This location is very abundant for this kind.
Comments: some Red-belted Polypore mushrooms in this forest have a wide bright red band and a grey top. Many mushrooms look as intermediate kind between Fomitopsis pinicola and Fomes fomentarius and they prefer birches. (Co-ordinates are average for photos and bad GPS conditions of well-shadowed forest).
Edibility: stiff as a wood.
Season: All year-round.


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