Observation 63566: Fomes fomentarius (L.) Fr.

When: 2010-10-10

Seen at: Forest Park, Everett, Snohomish Co., Washington, USA [Click for map]

Who: Tim Sage (NMNR)

No specimen available

Seen at the Snohomish County Mycological Society Annual Wild Mushroom Show.



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Thanks Danny
By: Johannes Harnisch (Johann Harnisch)
2013-11-25 16:22:37 CST (-0500)

I have been looking for info on it myself, I guess I will just have to experiment with it.

Awesome, thanks Danny!
By: Tim Sage (NMNR)
2011-12-26 23:50:45 CST (-0500)


Keep up the great work!

alternative uses
By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2011-12-26 23:14:31 CST (-0500)

there are scattered reports (many of which are without citation) of all manner of uses for F. fomentarius. Those that I know of are a tobacco additive, a snuff, a treatment for hemorrhoids (and likely dozens of other ailments), tinder and “amadou”, the last of which has had applications in dentistry, surgery, fly fishing and clothing.

As widespread and well renowned as this species is, step by step instructions for how to prepare it for any one of these uses is surprisingly hard to come by. I’m gradually adding to the name page with whatever good info I can gather. In the meantime, perhaps some MO users have their own insights to offer.

also called
By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2011-02-17 14:46:11 CST (-0500)

Amadou and still used in fly fishing today. I seem to remember that Fungi Perfecti was selling some of the hats a few years back.

It was as soft as suede….
By: Tim Sage (NMNR)
2011-02-17 14:02:45 CST (-0500)


By: Matt Sherman (Shermanii)
2011-02-17 14:01:00 CST (-0500)

Very cool!

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