Irpex lacteus
POLYPORE FAMILY (Polyporaceae)

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This mushroom is composed of a spreading patch of whitish pore surface that soon becomes tooth-like except near the margin (Photos A,B and C). It develops shelf like edges or even caps when growing on the sides of logs (A). The caps when present are kidney shaped to irregular and about 1/2 inch to 1 ½ wide. The caps don’t have a stem. The mushroom is whitish, drying yellowish and is velvety hairy. The pores are white to cream yellow (B,C).

This mushroom is found year round on dead branches of deciduous trees. It spreads across the bottoms and sides of fallen hardwood logs. It is rare in Fontenelle Forest.

The brackets often fuse to form long rows. It is also known as Polyporus tulipiferae referring to one of its hosts the Tulip tree.

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