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 M
ushrooms of North America
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Key 6

Polypores

 

Does the spore bearing surface consist of free tubes? ...............   .................................

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Does the spore bearing surface consist of pores as united tubes with flesh between them?

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You have a Fistulina hepatica

 

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Does it have a hoof-like to shelf-like appearance? ...............    ..............................   .................    ..........................

Yes

Is it stalked; single or several caps, sometimes very large or convex without stalk, often imbricate and shelf-like?

Yes 

 

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You have one of the
 Perennial Conks

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Is the cap surface rough, uneven or not shellacked; shaped like a hoof or shelf?

Yes

Is the cap surface smooth, appearing shellacked; shelf-like? .......................

Yes

 

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Is the surface rough and cracked?

Yes

Is the cap surface smooth?

Yes

 

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Does the cap have a conspicuous red band near its margin?

Yes

Is the cap without a red band, rough to deep cracked?

Yes

 

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You have a Fomus pinicola

 

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Is the cap surface rough, brown; grows on conifer wood?

Yes

Is the cap surface deeply cracked; grows on hardwoods?

Yes

 

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You have a Fomus pini

 

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Is it blackish-brown; growing on locust?

Yes

Is it grayish-black to black; growing on hardwoods?

Yes

 

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You have a Fomus rimosus

 

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You have a Fomus igniarius

 

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Is the cap surface dull gray-brown to gray; hoofed-shaped? .............   ............................

Yes

Is the cap surface brown, usually shelf-like or nearly flat with a small upturned cup?

Yes

 

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You have a Fomus tomentarius

 

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You have a Fomus igniarius

 

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You have a Fomus annosus

 

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Is the cap surface red to orange with white to brown flesh?

Yes

Is the cap surface brown? .............  .........................

Yes

 

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Is the cap red; the flesh white? ...................  ...................

Yes

Is the cap orange-red; flesh light brown?

Yes

 

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You have a Ganoderma tsugag

 

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You have a Ganoderma lucidum

 

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You have a Ganoderma applanatum
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