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Phaeolus schweinitzii

 

Common Name: Dyer's Polypore

Synonyms: Polyporus schweinitzii

Substrate: Base of a Tree

Location: Hardwood Forests

Spore Color: Whitish

Pore Color: Yellowish when young; red-brown with age

Comments: 

This mushroom gets its common name because it is often used to create dyes for fabrics. It is found at the base of pine trees and has a hairy surface, usually with a yellow margin. As the mushroom ages, the entire thing turns a dark brown.

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Phaeolus schweinitzii

11/13/11 - Leonard Springs Nature Preserve - Bloomington, IN - An old specimen

Phaeolus schweinitzii

9/27/11 - Morgan Monroe State Forest - An older specimen