Collection location: Karkaraly National Park, Karaganda District, Kazakhstan [Click for map]
Fomitopsis pinicola (Fr.) Kar.
Polyporaceae, Aphyllophorales. (Red-belted Polypore or Трутовик окаймлённый, трутовик сосновый.)
Cap: 8-25cm wide, convex as asymmetrical wide cone or somewhat hoof-shaped, sometimes upper part looks as a knob attached into 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, medium grey, reddish-gray or bluish-gray.
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 pine-tree stumps or trunks minor at living trees. It grows several years (up to more ten). Similar young mushroom I sow on birches, but coloring should be checked overwinter.
Edibility: stiff as a wood.
Season: All year-round.
26.07.2014_690_8, 49.438903°"N”, 75.438347°"E”, 878m
22.07.2014_689_young, 49.446611°"N”, 75.4574167°"E”, 865m
04.08.2006 All stages of mushroom 49.405834°"N”, 75.423692°"E”, 1100m
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