DRYAD’S SADDLE

Polyporus squamosus
POLYPORE FAMILY (Polyporaceae)

Description
This mushroom is 2-10 inches wide. It is pale tan to creamy yellowish and darkens as it ages. It has darker, brownish scales on the surface. There is a side stem that blackens as the mushroom matures, at least towards the base. The pores are large, angular and frequently irregular and are whitish to cream in color (Photos B and C). The young mushrooms (Photo F)have a different shape and color than the mature specimens.

Occurrence
It is found on decaying hardwood logs and stumps and is also parasitic on living hardwoods causing a white rot. It grows alone or in clusters of two or three. Usually found in spring it is fairly common at Fontenelle Forest. It has been found in Child’s Hollow, on Chickadee Trail and on other trails.

Comments
In many areas it is found at the same time as the morels. It is easily recognized by its color, the scales on the cap, the black and velvety stem base, and has a strong mealy smell. The scales or squamules on the surface give this mushroom its scientific name. Also known as the pheasant’s back mushroom

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