Polyporus

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Polyporus

Post by Zhizn » Fri Jun 01, 2018 11:15 pm

Hi All,

Found this on an old tree round in the garden. It is so old that the type of tree can't be identified. The cap is 10-12 across at about 7cm high. The location is South Coast Hampshire. My suspicion is that it is Polyporus squamosus but not sure.

Can you help confirm?
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Apologies for shallow DoF and poor focus on the cap.

Thanks

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Re: Polyporus

Post by mollisia » Tue Jun 05, 2018 5:50 am

Hello,

to me it seems more likely to be Polyporus tuberaster, but it is not sure to tell just from the foto in my opinion.
If you have the fruitbody still fresh, you can squash a piece of it between your fingers and smell: Polyporus squamosus has an intense odor like freshly cut cucumbers or "mealy" as the mycologists say (farinaceous), whereas Polyporus tuberaster does have no smell or a faint fungus-like odor.

P. tuberaster ususally is smaller than squamosus, is usually centrally stipitate (squamosus lateral) and attached to Fagus-branches. P. squamosus usually grows on stumps or lying or standing stems of living or dead trees like Populus, Fraxinus, Aesculus, Salix etc., but rarly on Fagus.

best regards,
Andreas

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Re: Polyporus

Post by Zhizn » Wed Jun 06, 2018 8:39 pm

Thank you Andreas for the detailed response. I'm afraid it has passed its fresh phase now.

Regards
Mark

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