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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 a cinnabar polypore, which is a reddish orange bracket fungus

Cinnabar Polypore

Pycnoporus cinnabarinus
The cinnabar polypore is a bracket fungus that is tough, fan-shaped, and bright red-orange above and below. It grows on dead deciduous branches, twigs, and wood, mainly oak.

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Photo of hen of the woods, large round mass of grayish mushrooms

Hen of the Woods (Maitake)

Grifola frondosa
Looking like a ruffled chicken, the edible hen of the woods mushroom grows like large circular bouquet of spoon-shaped caps, each grayish brown on top and white beneath, emerging from a branching, whitish base. It grows on the ground at the base of oak trees.

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Photograph of several hexagonal-pored polypores, tan bracket fungi

Hexagonal-Pored Polypore

Polyporus alveolaris (formerly Favolus alveolaris)
This polypore is an orange to tan, fan-shaped bracket that is scaly on top; the underside has rows of white, six-sided, radially arranged pores. It grows singly or in groups on dead branches of deciduous trees.

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Photo of hexagonal-pored polypore caps, showing scaly texture orange banding

Hexagonal-Pored Polypore (From Above)

The caps of this bracket fungus are semicircular, fan-shaped, orange when fresh, then fading to tan. The texture is scaly, becoming smooth.

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Photo of ling chih, a shiny, hard, rust-colored bracket fungus, growing on tree

Ling Chih (Lingzhi; Reishi Mushroom)

Ganoderma lucidum
The ling chih is a hard, usually flat, zoned bracket fungus with a reddish brown, shiny top. It grows at the base of living and dead deciduous trees, and also around stumps.

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Photo of multicolor gill polypore, a colorfully zoned bracket fungus on a log

Multicolor Gill Polypore

Lenzites betulina
Multicolor gill polypore is a bracket fungus with a semicircular, tough, hairy, multicolored, zoned cap; beneath, it's white, with leathery, gill-like tubes. It grows on dead deciduous wood.

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Photo of pale chicken of the woods.

Pale Chicken of the Woods (Chicken Mushroom)

Laetiporus cincinnatus
Pale chicken of the woods has layered, fan-shaped, fleshy caps that are orange to pinkish orange on top and white below. This edible fungus grows in overlapping clusters or rosettes on stumps, trunks, and logs of dead or dying deciduous trees, and on living trees and buried roots.

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Photo of pale chicken of the woods.

Pale Chicken of the Woods (Chicken Mushroom)

The top surface of pale chicken of the woods is pink when young, and the pore surface, facing down, is white. The closely related sulfur-colored chicken of the woods, or sulfur shelf (Laetiporus sulphureus), is bright yellow underneath. Although this appears to be growing out of the ground, it is attached at its base to wood, perhaps a buried tree root.

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Photo of resinous polypore, a bracket fungus with rust-colored top

Resinous Polypore

Ischnoderma resinosum
The resinous polypore is a large, thick, velvety, brownish bracket fungus with a thick margin and whitish pores. It grows on logs and stumps of deciduous trees.

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