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Trichaptum biforme

Trichaptum biforme

Common Name: Violet Toothed Polypore


Substrate: Wood 

Location: Hardwood Forests

Spore Color: White


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.


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


Trichaptum biforme

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