Oak Mazegill - Daedalea quercina
Flat, fan-shaped fruiting bodies with amazingly intricate maze-like pores that were very deep, thick, and fuzzy. Sizes ranged from 5-10 cm wide.
Habitat: Growing on rotting wood in a mixed forest.
The fruiting bodies of Daedalea quercina have some unusual uses. They can be used as a natural comb, especially for brushing horses with sensitive skin. In addition, the smoldering fruiting bodies may be used to anesthetize bees. This species has also been investigated for bioremediation, and for medicinal purposes.
''Daedalea quercina'' is a species of mushroom in the order Polyporales, and the type species of the genus ''Daedalea''. Commonly known as the oak mazegill or maze-gill fungus, the specific epithet refers to the oak genus ''Quercus'', upon which it frequently grows, causing a brown rot. It is found in Europe, Asia, Northern Africa and Australasia. Though inedible, it can be used as a natural comb and has been the subject of chemical research.