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Black-Staining Polypore

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

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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http://mdc.mo.gov/node/22159