When: 2007-12-07

Collection location: Buttonwood, south Key Largo, Monroe Co., Florida, USA [Click for map]

Who: Jason Hollinger (jason)

Specimen available

large shelf fungus, one set on long-dead ficus root and another on a discarded 2×4, KOH?
ST: lateral but v short
CAP: 80mm wide, sticks out 60mm, fan-shaped to semi-circ, fairly flat on top with sl depression to attachment and margins somewhat convex, faintly broadly zoned but obscured, very densely black bristly!, hairs twisty and somewhat tufted to 5mm or more long
FLESH: brown, 2mm thick, v tough and rigid
PORE: smoky brown, smooth to somewhat undulating, 1mm thin ragged ster marg, darker brown inside marg, 4 per mm, to 3mm deep, flesh = surface
SPORE: too long dead

There’s hairy, and then there’s this thing! Can’t find anthing resembling it in Demystified (no surprise). I’ve seen it a number of times on various substrates, but never fresh.

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By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2008-02-10 14:17:31 CST (-0600)

What a cool polypore! Almost makes me wish that I lived in Florida.

looks the same
By: Jason Hollinger (jason)
2007-12-11 09:02:29 CST (-0600)

Yup, that looks just like it, and the habitat sounds right. Certainly, Bahamas are supposed to have the same climate (and flora).

I’ve seem something similar in the Bahamas
By: Nathan Wilson (nathan)
2007-12-10 14:11:34 CST (-0600)

See Observation 24, but I never managed to put a name on it.