On big mossy log, flesh is cinnamon with flecks of white, very tough, probably perennial.

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I’m pretty sure this is the same species, but observed at a different place on the trail.

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Recognized by sight: I’ve never seen a Phellinus with a black crust top, but you are in Chile. Your description of the context sounds defintely like Phellinus
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Recognized by sight
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Recognized by sight: A dark grey to black crust present, pore surface
always brownish ferrugineous to golden brown,
context and tubes brownish ferrugineous…….. Phellinus andinopatagonicus
Used references: Rajchenberg, M. (2006) Polypores (Basidiomycetes)
from the Patagonian Andes Forests of Argentina. Ed. J. Cramer.

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I like Phellinus, too.
By: Jason Hollinger (jason)
2009-02-24 11:06:47 CST (-0600)

The flecked flesh looked exactly like P. igniarius for example. Also, it’s worth pointing out that few specimens has such a nice “varnished” crust like this one (see the photo of the older one at the bottom). When young these look like big tan to beige rounded sponges, but still rather firm (can’t leave much of a thumbprint).

By: Erin Page Blanchard (CureCat)
2009-02-21 23:08:39 CST (-0600)

First name that came to mind was Fomitopsis pinicola, but now that you mention it, Phellinus igniarius is pretty indistinguishable to me…

Certianly, the colour of the hymenium is suggestive of Phellinus, though Fomitopsis often darkens to that approximate colour as it gets old.

Are there any macroscopic characteristics that definitively distinguish the two genera?