Blushing Bracket - Daedaleopsis confragosa
Flat, fan-shaped fruiting body that was about 8 cm wide.
Habitat: Growing on a branch in a deciduous 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.
''Daedaleopsis confragosa'', commonly known as the thin walled maze polypore or the blushing bracket, is a species of polypore fungus in the family Polyporaceae. A plant pathogen, it causes a white rot of injured hardwoods, especially willows. The fruit bodies are semicircular and tough, have a concentrically zoned brownish upper surface, and measure up to 20 cm in diameter. The whitish underside turns gray-brown as the fruit body ages, but bruises pink or red. It is found all year and is common.. more