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Dryad's Saddle - Cerioporus squamosus This mushroom is often sadly overlooked and maligned as an edible with little value. But, if foraged when young, it can be prepared in many different ways - including saut&eacute;, incorporation into stocks, and being made into chips. Not to mention that they can be made into a kind of thick, stiff paper.<br />
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This species is easily recognized by its large size: the largest one on this tree was at least 30 cm wide! They were fan-shaped, pale tan, and had large, flattened, brown scales that were somewhat radially arranged.<br />
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Habitat: Tree (haha!) in a deciduous forest; it grows in this same tree every year for the past 7 years<br />
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This species is easily recognized by its large size: the one in this photo was at least 30 cm wide! They were fan-shaped, pale tan, and had large, flattened, brown scales that were somewhat radially arranged.<br />
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Habitat: Tree (haha!) in a deciduous forest; it grows in this same tree every year for the past 7 years<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87509/dryads_saddle_-_cerioporus_squamosus.html<br />
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This species is easily recognized by its large size: the largest one on this tree was at least 30 cm wide! They were fan-shaped, pale tan, and had large, flattened, brown scales that were somewhat radially arranged.<br />
<br />
Habitat: Tree (haha!) in a deciduous forest; it grows in this same tree every year for the past 7 years<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87505/dryads_saddle_-_cerioporus_squamosus.html<br />
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Dryad's Saddle - Cerioporus squamosus

This mushroom is often sadly overlooked and maligned as an edible with little value. But, if foraged when young, it can be prepared in many different ways - including sauté, incorporation into stocks, and being made into chips. Not to mention that they can be made into a kind of thick, stiff paper.

This species is easily recognized by its large size: the largest one on this tree was at least 30 cm wide! They were fan-shaped, pale tan, and had large, flattened, brown scales that were somewhat radially arranged.

Habitat: Tree (haha!) in a deciduous forest; it grows in this same tree every year for the past 7 years

Dryad's Saddle - Cerioporus squamosus This mushroom is often sadly overlooked and maligned as an edible with little value. But, if foraged when young, it can be prepared in many different ways - including sauté, incorporation into stocks, and being made into chips. Not to mention that they can be made into a kind of thick, stiff paper.<br />
<br />
This species is easily recognized by its large size: the one in this photo was at least 30 cm wide! They were fan-shaped, pale tan, and had large, flattened, brown scales that were somewhat radially arranged.<br />
<br />
Habitat: Tree (haha!) in a deciduous forest; it grows in this same tree every year for the past 7 years<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87509/dryads_saddle_-_cerioporus_squamosus.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87508/dryads_saddle_-_cerioporus_squamosus.html Dryad's Saddle,Geotagged,Polyporus squamosus,Summer,United States,polypore

Dryad's Saddle - Cerioporus squamosus This mushroom is often sadly overlooked and maligned as an edible with little value. But, if foraged when young, it can be prepared in many different ways - including sauté, incorporation into stocks, and being made into chips. Not to mention that they can be made into a kind of thick, stiff paper.<br />
<br />
This species is easily recognized by its large size: the largest one on this tree was at least 30 cm wide! They were fan-shaped, pale tan, and had large, flattened, brown scales that were somewhat radially arranged.<br />
<br />
Habitat: Tree (haha!) in a deciduous forest; it grows in this same tree every year for the past 7 years<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87505/dryads_saddle_-_cerioporus_squamosus.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87509/dryads_saddle_-_cerioporus_squamosus.html Dryad's Saddle,Geotagged,Polyporus squamosus,Summer,United States

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''Polyporus squamosus'' aka ''Cerioporus squamosus'' is a basidiomycete bracket fungus, with common names including dryad's saddle and pheasant's back mushroom. It has a widespread distribution, being found in North America, Australia, Asia, and Europe, where it causes a white rot in the heartwood of living and dead hardwood trees.

Similar species: Polyporales
Species identified by Christine Young
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By Christine Young

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Uploaded Dec 10, 2019. Captured Aug 8, 2019 09:40 in 91 Main St, Sharon, CT 06069, USA.
  • Canon EOS 80D
  • f/8.0
  • 1/64s
  • ISO400
  • 100mm