Polypore with a central stipe, cap dark brown, lighter at the edge with a fibrous surface. 2.5-3 cm diam. x 2-3 cm height with small depression in centre. Pore surface decurrent, yellowy-cream with large hexagonal pores. Stipe tan-brown, fibrous, 3-4 mm. Cap 2-3 mm thick. On a small twig (3.5 cm diam.) on ground in remnant mature coastal broadleaf forest. Two fruiting bodies on twig, both quite small specimens.
Fagus grandifolia substrate
Largest one 45mm dia growing on rotting liane (Kiekie)
Medium sized leathery polypore with a distinct stipe at base of a half-dead broadleaf tree. Cap dark purplish brown (velvety) with a dark brown velvety stipe (even more so than the cap). Cap is 6-8.5 cm diam. x 7 cm height, frilly towards rim and is funnel shaped near stipe attachment. Thickness varies from 1mm at rim, 3mm in centre and 7mm close to stipe. Stipe = 2.5 cm length and is 7-8 mm thick. Pored surface is beige with 5-6 pores/mm. Pored surface discolors darker when lightly bruised. Spores oval about 7.5 x 3.5 u. Close to Polyporus melanopus.
Pored fan-shaped fruiting bodies on fallen wood. Very dark chocolate brown upper surface (not hairy). Lower pore surface light creamy tan colour (photo looks paler than true colour). Pores very small - unable to see with naked eye - about 6/mm when magnified. Pored surface does not discolour when bruised. 4-8 cm wide x 4-5 cm high and 2-4mm thick.
In light of the problems identifying this (here's the original observation), I returned this afternoon and photographed this fungus (in the rain!). Tried to get details of the underneath; hope these are adequate.
Had a good look around but this was the only specimen I could find.
On fallen, rotting branch next to track. Mycetophilid flies associated with this (one clearly visible in first photograph; eggs also visible, and I suspect these are those of these flies, although I didn't see any oviposition).
See this observation for more detailed views.
A very dried out specimen on decaying five finger branch.
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.