Observation 95434: Polyporus melanopus (Pers.) Fr.

When: 2012-05-24

Collection location: Beaver Creek State Park, East Liverpool, Ohio, USA [Click for map]

Who: Ann B. (Ann F. Berger)

No specimen available

These stalked polypores are tough and rubbery/leathery, though moist. The cream-colored pores are lighter than the buff cap, and tiny. The larger specimen was about 11 cm tall, while the smaller were about 8-9 cm. The edges were turning brown, probably from the dry weather.

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Used references: Arora, Mushrooms Demystified, key on p. 555. Should be very dense and heavy for size.
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yah, the texture is a problem, esp. for fruit bodies of this size…
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2012-05-30 07:55:41 PDT (-0700)

could they be both big and young?

if old, and still leathery, they can’t be melanopus, even though they are quite grossly similar. if still young, melanopus looks to be a best fit.

Polyporus ciliatus has never been confirmed for NA, to my knowledge, and really doesn’t look like this mushroom, although I only have online photos to compare it with. Does have a leathery texture, though.

By: Ann B. (Ann F. Berger)
2012-05-30 07:55:36 PDT (-0700)

This fungus doesn’t match the description for the color of P. melanopus, though it is similar in other features. It more closely matches P. ciliatus description.

By: Ann B. (Ann F. Berger)
2012-05-28 17:10:26 PDT (-0700)

These don’t match any of the available photos of O. obducta. The fruitbodies were rubbery, but not brittle in any way. They reminded me of Polyporus squamosus in texture. They did not have the characteristic odor or markings of that fungus though, and the stems are much thinner.

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