Observation 71023: Polyporales sensu lato
When: 2011-07-05
No herbarium specimen

Notes: large, over 6 inches. almost velvety surface when young. large central stem. soft. “tubes” on bottom like a bolete. older specimen had newer growths from stem bottom.


actually more like 6 inches
This larger one (9 inches) was in same proximity to base of oak tree. ( 2 feet) flesh looks like burlwood and is very soft and fleshy. top not so velvety and more tough. mild to no odor.
flesh looks like burlwood and is very soft and fleshy. top not so velvety and more tough. mild to no odor. cuts NICE!
The bottom bruised easily taking spore print on the young one.

Proposed Names

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Recognized by sight
18% (3)
Recognized by sight: what Phaeolus sp. looks like THIS, with a velvetty zoned cap??! It’s certainly a polypore, but I am not convinced of the genus…
28% (1)
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56% (1)
Recognized by sight

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spore print tan
By: mike carpenter (carp442)
2011-07-05 17:21:18 EDT (-0400)

the spore print is a light brown. The bottom bruised from me pressing the paper. I found a larger/older specimen about 1/2 mile away at the base of same type oak. I dug this one up and cut it in half. the flesh was knotted like burl wood but maybe from the leaves it fruited in. eaten up with ants, and lady bugs were chasin them. flesh was tasteless. pics added

I have seen Phaeolus schweinitzii be soft at larger sizes than this….
By: Tim Sage (T. Sage)
2011-07-05 17:03:56 EDT (-0400)


But I still don’t think this observation quite fits. I am not familiar with Inonotus or Onnia, so I can’t give any input on those.

Intriguing none the less!

yeah, Phaeolus schweinitzii can be zoned…
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2011-07-05 16:25:16 EDT (-0400)

but as you agree, it doesn’t really look like this particular mushroom.

by the time a Phaeolus would be this size and expansion, it would no longer be soft, either.

Inonotus tomentosus/Onnia tomentosa is another possibility.

What was the color of the pores?

@Debbie- I’m not sure what it is, but…..
By: Tim Sage (T. Sage)
2011-07-05 15:16:51 EDT (-0400)

Phaeolus schweinitzii is described as being velvety and zoned, so I am confused by your question.

I just voted “could be” since that is the first thing that came to mind when I saw it, even though it doesn’t look like the ones I have found.

a polypore??
By: mike carpenter (carp442)
2011-07-05 15:05:18 EDT (-0400)

appears more like a bolette. very soft and has tubes on the bottom. very large central stem??

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