Leathery polypore with a red-brown cap surface and cream pored undersurface, 8 cm diam. x 7 cm height. Cap surface "smooth" but like very fine sandpaper. Microscopically the cap terminal cells are distinctive. Stipe not clearly differentiated, short with some red-brown colour, attached to the wood substrate by expanded basal pad. On small fallen branch in remnant mature coastal broadleaf forest.
Dozens of these mushrooms were located on one fallen tree, located over a intermittently wet old riverbed. It appeared the fungi were all the same kind in different stages of the life cycle.
Specimen produced a white spore print.
Fungus gathered with a permit from the refuge headquarters.
Cap color is bleached...usually pale brown-orange....pores diamond shaped
Polyporus is a genus of fungi in the Polyporaceae family. It is a genus used for the production of single cell proteins, sources of mixed protein extracted from pure or mixed cultures of algae, yeasts, fungi or bacteria (grown on agricultural wastes) used as a substitute for protein-rich foods, in human and animal feeds.