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A friend and I made a pilgrimage to see one of these. There are only SIX known specimens in Washington and Oregon. . .And I think that translates to six known specimens in the world! There could be other trees colonized by it, of course. They grow only from old growth trees, seeming to prefer the noble fir. One specimen weighed in at over 300 pounds! !
The one we saw was just starting out. The most striking thing was that it was 'hairy'
This could very well be the first fungus listed under the endangered species act, but the current dis-administration will likely make that not happen. The host tree is a fire hazard, after all.
From Volk's site: "It is the first fungus to be listed as an endangered species by any private or public agency in the United States, having been listed as such by the Oregon Natural Heritage program (Christy, Pers. Comm.; Lizon, 1995). O. nobilissimus has also been listed by the Forest Ecosystem management team (FEMAT; anon., 1994) as one of 252 species of fungi that must be surveyed for in the habitat of the northern spotted owl."
Tom Volk's site featured it in 97, there's some good info though it might be a little outdated: