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Photo of several black-eyed Susan flowers.

Black-Eyed Susan

Its profusion of cheery, bright yellow flowers make black-eyed Susan one of our most beloved wildflowers. It is one of nine species of Rudbeckia recorded in Missouri, and it is the most familiar.

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Photo of black-eyed Susan plants blooming along the edge of a field.

Black-Eyed Susan

Black-eyed Susan commonly grows in pastures, old fields, railroads, roadsides, and open, disturbed areas. This is the most abundant rudbeckia in Missouri and the one that prospers best in disturbed habitats.

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Photo of black-footed polypore, fan-shaped mushroom, showing tan pores beneath

Black-Footed Polypore (Bottom)

The cap of a black-footed polypore convex to funnel-shaped. The underside has pores that are tiny, circular (sometimes with angles), and whitish to tannish. The stalk is off-center and tough, has equal sides, and is blackish; its texture is smooth.

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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, 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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