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A Fungus An unknown (to me) species of corticioid fungus growing through the bark of an old quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides) tree. Also present are two species of lichens and the moss Orthotrichum pusillum. This might be a species of Stereum or Steccherinum. Geotagged,Minnesota,Spring,United States,corticioid fungus,crust fungi,fungus,populus,red fungus,resupinate fungi,spring,tree Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

A Fungus

An unknown (to me) species of corticioid fungus growing through the bark of an old quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides) tree. Also present are two species of lichens and the moss Orthotrichum pusillum. This might be a species of Stereum or Steccherinum.

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  1. hi Gary, note that species identification means exact species identification. We cannot create species records for " "corticioid fungi" since this is a group of fungi, not a single species. Beautiful find though! Posted 5 months ago
    1. fchristant,
      Eventually, I hope to get an id on this one. I should note that in its dry state this fungus is a sort of gray-purple color.
      Posted 5 months ago
  2. The fertile surface (the top in this case) looks slightly merulioid? Posted 5 months ago
    1. It does. The actual upper surface can be just barely seen on other examples of this fungus on the tree where it is growing and is a different color. Posted 5 months ago
      1. What color/texture were the pilei? Or do you remember?

        The closest I can find is Punctularia strigosozonata?
        https://mushroomobserver.org/image/show_image/733881?obs=275208&q=hwSz
        https://mushroomobserver.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/orig/371267.jpg
        Posted 5 months ago
        1. The surface texture is a bit vague in my memory but it might be possible to check this tree again soon. Posted 5 months ago
        2. Not so sure about this being Punctularia based on that first photo. Stereum seems closer but there are possible matches at https://www.flickr.com/photos/31727756@N05/11738696614#!# and #!#http://forum.toadstool.ru/topic/4208-punctularia-strigosozonata/ Posted 5 months ago, modified 5 months ago
          1. Stereum have a smooth hymenium to my knowledge? I've never seen one with a merulioid fertile surface (the pileus can be wrinkled, however). Please point me to one if you know it! Posted 5 months ago, modified 5 months ago
          2. I'm pretty sure my ID might be the correct one:
            Just read this note on Punctularia strigosozonata:
            "Substrata: Dead hardwood limbs and trunks, displaying a preference for Populus tremuloides in the study area."

            It seems to show a lot of variation in its morphology More information and photos here:
            https://mushroomobserver.org/name/show_name/3498?q=hzEr
            Posted 5 months ago, modified 5 months ago
            1. That first photo you showed me looked way off and reminded me of Phlebia. Both of these fungi species are growing in the same area on aspen. I'm going to post a photo of this mystery fungus but in its dry state in a few minutes. There is quite a color change. Posted 5 months ago
            2. Here's the dry state of this fungus:
              https://www.jungledragon.com/image/74812
              Posted 5 months ago
              1. Interesting! I agree that the surface looks merulioid and think that Punctularia sp. looks super close for an ID. I'm always impressed by your amazing skills with identifying mushrooms, Lisa! Posted 5 months ago
                1. I'm also leaning towards Punctularia. I'll get a look at these fungi this weekend I hope. Snow is a little deep right now. Posted 5 months ago
  3. Gorgeous shot! The shadowy lighting is perfect for the merulioid surface <3 Posted 5 months ago

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Uploaded Feb 23, 2019. Captured May 21, 2017 17:14 in 4408 Miller Rd, Barnum, MN 55707, USA.
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