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ushrooms of North America
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Key 6.1

Polypores

 

 

Is there a stalk; single or several caps, sometimes very large?  ...............................

Yes

Does it have a convex cap; no stalk; often imbricate and shelf-like?

Yes

 

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Is the stalk central and well-developed with one or several caps?

Yes

Does it have short lateral stalk with angular to hexagonal pores? ......................

Yes

 

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Does it have a single cap from a central stalk?

Yes

Does it have multiple caps from a central stalk?

Yes

 

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Is the cap tan; stalk with black foot; grows on hardwood?

Yes

 Is the cap dark brown; stalk yellow-brown?

Yes

 

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You have a P. elegans

 

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Is the cap margin lined with hairs; pores large?

Yes

Is the cap margin smooth, pores small?

Yes

 

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You have a P. arcularius

 

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You have a P. brumalis

 

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You have a
Favolus alveolaris
or
Polyporus squamous

 

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Is it colored other than sulfur yellow?

Yes

Is it sulfur yellow, glabrous? ............................

Yes

 

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Does it have many separate gray-brown caps on white stalks; white pores?

Yes

Does it have fused rusty, hairy caps; greenish-yellow pores? ...................   ...................

Yes

 

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You have a P. frondosis

 

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You have a P. schweinitzi

 

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You have a P. sulfureus

 

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Are the pores lilac to purplish, usually dense, imbricate?

Yes

Are the pores another color, single to overlapping?

Yes

 

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Is it found on hardwood logs and stumps?

Yes

Is the found on conifer logs and stumps?

Yes

 

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You have a P. paragamenus

 

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You have a P. abeitinus

 

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Is the cap without stalk, often imbricate and shelf-like; pores another color other than lilac to purplish; singular or overlapping?

Yes

 

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Are the pores to 0.1" wide, irregular or arranged gill-like?

Yes

Are the pores minute, round, pure white or smoky-gray?

Yes

 

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You have a Lenzites saepiaria 

 

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You have a Daedalea quercina 

 

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Is the cap multicolored; red, yellow, and blue zones; pores minute, pure white, grows in dense clusters on hardwood?

Yes

Is the cap minutely hairy, smoky-gray; pores gray to smoky-gray? .....................  ...........  ..........................

Yes

 

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You have a P. hirsutus

 

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You have a P. adjustus

 

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