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Polyporus squamosus

Common Name: Pheasant Back; Dryad's Saddle

Synonyms: 

Substrate: Downed wood

Location: Hardwood forest

Spore Color: White

Pore Color: White; yellowish with age

Comments: 

This is one of the mushrooms that morel hunters often encounter, but it can be found nearly year round. It is edible when it is young and soft, but gets quite rubbery as it gets older. Look for a yellowish cap that is covered with lots of brownish scales. The base of the cap, where the stem is connected, will often be black, and the stem itself will be black as well. This mushroom can grow to be very large.

Lookalikes:

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Pictures:

Polyporus squamosus

Spore bomb

Polyporus squamosus

8/26/12 - Summit Lake State Park - New Castle, IN

Polyporus squamosus

8/25/12 - Shades State Park - Rockville, IN

Polyporus squamosus

8/22/12 - Summit Lake State Park - New Castle, IN

 

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