Tinder Polypore

Tinder Polypore

Fomes fomentarius
POLYPORE FAMILY (Polyporaceae)

This fungus is woody and is hoof shaped. It has a hard, horny thick crust. It is brown or gray to beige in color. It ranges in size from 2-6 inches. The pores are circular in shape and gray brown in color.

It grows in woods on dead deciduous trees or wounds in living trees especially maples and hickories in Fontenelle forest. It is found year round.

This fungus has been used as tinder in starting fires. It also has been reported to have many medicinal uses including anticancer activity. It has also been used in the cauterization of wounds

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