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Trichaptum biforme
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Trichaptum biforme

Common Name: Violet Toothed Polypore

Synonyms:

Substrate: Wood 

Location: Hardwood Forests

Spore Color: White

Comments: 

A fairly common species on dead trees. These usually resemble a polypore from a distance, but when you look at the underside up close, there should be teeth instead of pores. When this species is fresh, the teeth can have a fairly vibrant purple color, which is where the common name comes from. This color tends to fade with age.

Lookalikes: 

Trichaptum abietum is the same except it grows on conifer wood. Schizophyllum commune lacks any purple colorations and has "split gills" on the underside.

Pictures:

Trichaptum biforme

Trichaptum biforme
Trichaptum biforme
9/29/12 - Ross Hills Park - West Lafayette, IN