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Photo of black-footed polypore, mature specimens, with photographer's foot.

Black-Footed Polypore (Mature)

The black-footed polypore grows on logs and dead trees. The cap can be up to eight inches across. This species can overwinter and look quite different from fresh, young specimens.

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Photo of black-footed polypore mushrooms, older specimens, growing on a log.

Black-Footed Polypore (Older Specimens)

The black-footed polypore grows on wood. When mature, it has a wavy, reddish-brown cap that is darker towards the stem; the texture is dry, smooth, tough, and leathery. The stalk is black, smooth, and off-center.

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Photo of top of black-footed polypore mushroom showing smooth fan-shaped cap

Black-Footed Polypore (Top)

The black-footed polypore grows on wood. It has a wavy cap that is reddish to brownish, becoming darker with age; the texture is dry, smooth, tough, and leathery. The stalk is black, smooth, and off-center.

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Photo of black-footed polypore mushrooms, young specimens, with pore surface.

Black-Footed Polypore (Young Specimens)

Young black-footed polypores look surprisingly different from mature ones. As you’re learning about mushrooms, collect what you think are the same species more than once to get an accurate identification.

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Photo of black-staining polypore, a mushroom with tan, wavy, fan-shaped caps

Black-Staining Polypore

Meripilus sumstinei (formerly M. giganteus)
The black-staining polypore grows in large, circular clusters of many fleshy, grayish yellow, fan-shaped caps, which bruise black when cut or touched. It grows on the ground around deciduous trees, especially oaks.

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Photo of black-staining polypore, tan fan-shaped rosette mushroom

Black-Staining Polypore

This fungus forms large circular clusters of many fleshy, grayish yellow, fan-shaped caps, which bruise black when cut or touched. It grows on the ground around deciduous trees, especially oaks.

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Photo of black-staining polypore, a mushroom with tan, wavy, fan-shaped caps

Black-Staining Polypore

This fungus grows in large circular clusters, on the ground around stumps of living deciduous trees, especially oaks. It feeds off of dead or dying trees, decomposing them and returning nutrients to the soil—an unglamorous but vital role in the ecosystem.

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Photo of cluster of bleeding mycenas, small, capped, reddish mushrooms

Bleeding Mycena

Mycena haematopus
The bleeding mycena is a small mushroom with a bell-shaped, reddish brown cap that bleeds dark red when cut. It usually grows in clusters on decaying wood.

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Photo of cluster of bleeding mycenas, small, capped, reddish mushrooms

Bleeding Mycena

The bleeding mycena is a small mushroom with a bell-shaped, reddish brown cap that bleeds dark red when cut. It grows singly to clustered on decaying wood.

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Blewits

Blewit

Lepista nuda (Clitocybe nuda; Tricholoma nudum)
The blewit grows scattered in open areas, in mulch piles, and along paths. All parts of this mushroom—cap, gills and stalk—are violet to tan.

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