BROWN FUNNEL POLYPORE

Coltricia perennis
POLYPORE FAMILY (Polyporaceae)

Description
This round, funnel-shaped polypore grows up to 5 inches wide. It has dull yellow, brown and golden concentric bands on top (Photo A). The pores on the underside are light brown, and the thin, centrally located stalk is dark brown (B).

Occurrence
It is usually found on recently burned ground. These were photographed off the last loop of the upland boardwalk, on a plot where shrubs had been burned a year or two before.

Comments
Along with one or more moss species, this is a typical “early successional species” which first come back after a forest fire. It is hard to separate from the closely related species Coltricia cinnamomea without a microscope. Compounds extracted from this fungus have been shown to have antitumor effects.

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