Dryad's Saddle (Polyporus squamosus) photo = Dryad's-saddle_Naples,NY_©DonnaMason-Spier_P0830p©
Common names: Dryad's saddle; Pheasant's-back polypore.
I cannot be certain that this identification is accurate. The stalked polypore was growing from the ground in a mowed lawn area near hardwoods (could be growing from an underground stump).
on a fallen, rotting, tree. large size.
Polyporus squamosus is a basidiomycete bracket fungus, with common names including Dryad's saddle and Pheasant's back mushroom. It has a widespread distribution, being found in North America, Australia, Asia, and Europe, where it causes a white rot in the heartwood of living and dead hardwood trees. The name "Dryad's saddle" refers to creatures in Greek mythology called Dryads who could conceivably fit and ride on this mushroom, whereas the pheasant's back analogy derives from the pattern...