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Bondarzewia berkeleyi

 

Common Name: Berkeley's Polypore

Synonyms: 

Substrate: Base of a Tree

Location: Hardwood Forests

Spore Color: White

Pore Color: White

Comments: 

This polypore can grow to be quite a large size. One of the features I find the most helpful for a positive ID is that the pores run all the way down the surface of the mushroom on the underside. This is especially helpful if you find a young one. As they grow up, they tend to form a large rosette.

One of the strangest aspects about this mushroom has been uncovered in the DNA age. Genetics tells us that this polypore is more closely related to Russula and Lactarius than other polypores.

 

Lookalikes:  

Black Staining polypore - Meripilus sumstinei

Pictures:

Bondarzewia berkeleyi

Bondarzewia berkeleyi

7/30/10 - Near Morgan Monroe State Forest - Morgantown, IN

Bondarzewia berkeleyi

Bondarzewia berkeleyi

6/5/10 - Brown County State Park - Nashville, IN