When: 2008-10-15

Collection location: Forest near Elgin St., Pembroke, Ontario, Canada [Click for map]

Who: Paul Derbyshire (Twizzler)

No specimen available

This looks like a member of the actual genus Polyporus.

I was walking along the trail when I saw a small LBM apparently on the ground at the side amid some twigs and sticks. I decided I wasn’t very interested unless it proved to be a milky, which the depressed cap center suggested was not entirely out of the question, so bent down and tried to tear a piece off the cap margin.

It wouldn’t tear.

It wouldn’t tear and wouldn’t tear, so I tried to pull the whole thing up so I could get leverage with both hands. That’s when I discovered that it was definitely not a milky, but was interesting nonetheless: a chunk of wood came out of the ground with it, and when I turned this over I saw the lack of gills on the underside.

I photographed the pores, got a side-view photo (which came out a bit blurry, but shows the shape, stature, and general structure well enough) and put it back as close to exactly how I found it as possible, getting a top-view photo.

Cap brown, pores yellowish and 1mm or so wide. Growing from wood. Whole thing tough and leathery/corky, which was my first clue that I’d found something more interesting than your everyday random LBM.

Oh, and by the way, the wood was probably pine.

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Shitake has gills. This had pores. Enlarge last photo.
By: Paul Derbyshire (Twizzler)
2018-11-09 04:28:28 CST (-0600)