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.
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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