Collection location: Thomas Cove Coastal Reserve, Colchester Co., Nova Scotia, Canada [Click for map]
This large fungus was found in needle mulch beneath spruce trees in a coastal forest on the Bay of Fundy (it was approximately 30 meters from a cliff above the Bay). Surrounding forest was boggy, with sphagnum moss, etc.. The fungus was quite large – approximately 20 cm. in diameter and about 18 cm. tall. Surface texture was very velvety. There were a couple of openings in the surface going down into the wide stalk. Coloration quite a deep yellow. I thought perhaps it might be some species of Inonotus, but please see comments. After comparing to various photos and reading up on Phaeolus schweinitzii in Nova Scotia, it seems likely that it is of that species.
[admin – Sat Aug 14 02:06:46 +0000 2010]: Changed location name from ‘Thomas Cove Coastal Reserve, Cumberland County, Nova Scotia, Canada’ to ‘Thomas Cove Coastal Reserve, Cumberland Co., Nova Scotia, Canada’
Thanks, Nathaniel! I’ve just been looking at quite a few photos of Phaeolus schweinitzii and it looks like a match. Also, it appears on a species list of Newfoundland and I see a couple of references for Nova Scotia as a conifer pathogen, so it looks very likely on that count. I’m going to tag it as that and if anyone disagrees, they can let me know.
Did you take a look at Phaeolus as a possibility. It looks alot like Phaeolus schweinitzii that we find in CA.