Orange to tan, fan-shaped bracket; scaly on top; underside with rows of white, six-sided, radially arranged pores. Grows on dead branches of deciduous trees. May–November. Cap semicircular, fan-shaped; orange to tan; texture scaly, becoming smooth. Pores six-sided, honeycombed, usually in radial rows; white, drying yellow. Stalk (if present) short, thick, stubby; white, drying yellow. Spore print white. Spores magnified are cylindrical, smooth, colorless.
Lookalikes: Spring polypore (P. arcularius) is found in the spring and has smaller pores, a central stem, and a hairy cap rim. The pores of the thin-maze flat polypore (Daedaleopsis confragosa) have a more mazelike arrangement.
Habitat and Conservation
Mushrooms are a lot like plants, but they lack chlorophyll and have to take nutrients from other materials. Mushrooms are neither plants nor animals. They are in a different kingdom — the fungi. Fungi include the familiar mushroom-forming species, plus the yeasts, molds, smuts, and rusts.
Always be cautious when eating edible mushrooms. Be absolutely sure of the ID, and only eat a small amount the first time you try it to avoid a reaction..