When: 2008-02-20

Collection location: Clinton, Whidbey Island, Island Co., Washington, USA [Click for map]

Who: Sam Linse (BearwoodSam)

No specimen available

Found growing on decaying logs in mixed coniferous forest.
I found and photographed this in November 2007, but still have not matched it to anything. It is very hairy on top, pinkish white colored, with an edge of creamy jelly.
The cream colored ‘gills’ or ‘pores’ whichever they are, look to be interwoven until they start to straighten out toward the edges.
I am thinking this is a very young fruiting body, maybe of trametes hirsuta or Fomitopsis cajanderi, but as an amateur I just can’t make the call.

Proposed Names

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Recognized by sight: Hard to tell the texture from a photo, but it looks rubbery. Also at:
81% (3)
Recognized by sight: Phlebia tremellosa is the currently accepted name for this species, not Merulius. Since Merulius tremellosus is the type species of Merulius, and the type species has been assumed into the genus Phlebia,the genus Merulius is no longer accepted. I used to work with Nakasone and Burdsall, who renamed it.

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Phlebia incarnata
By: Sam Linse (BearwoodSam)
2008-02-20 12:51:28 CST (-0600)

It was quite soft and rubbery, more so than regular shelf mushrooms I encounter. I took a look at Oligoporus species and found Phlebia incarnata along the way. Could this be an early fruit and not yet bright pink? The other indicators agree, like the net like fertile surface, hairy upper surface and it is slightly pink…

How soft was the bodies
By: Douglas Smith (douglas)
2008-02-20 11:50:28 CST (-0600)

How soft were the fruiting bodies? You should take a look at the Oligoporus species.