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    #4210471 - 05/23/05 04:44 PM (11 years, 6 months ago)

Hello, I am new to the board and will try to do my best here.

I found this in upstate SC in the foothills of the Blueridge Mountains a few days ago. It was found near a group of Hemlocks and Poplar. It was also VERY damp and waterlogged, therefore very fragile, so I really didn't mess with it too much to really examine the stipe and underside. It was very spongy-like. The cap was ~7 in. across and the stipe about 2 in. around. Ill leave out color desriptions, because I have a picture. Can anyone help me out with identification as best they could? If this site is more geared to psychoactive mushrooms and the like, can anyone suggest a site that may be of help. Thanks.
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Re: ID Help [Re: holdthattigerrag]
    #4210484 - 05/23/05 04:47 PM (11 years, 6 months ago)

If you wait, there are some AMAZING mushroom guys that can probably help you pin it down. Normally, the guys who can actually ID a psychoactive can help ID the normal mushrooms.

it's definitely cool looking, give it a day and you should get a responso from one of the pros


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Re: ID Help [Re: holdthattigerrag]
    #4211140 - 05/23/05 07:27 PM (11 years, 6 months ago)

That looks like an old, weather-beaten specimen of Polyporus squamosus, also known as Dryad's Saddle.

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    #4211244 - 05/23/05 07:52 PM (11 years, 6 months ago)

Ok, thanks for the replies.

Aren't polyporus spp. bracket fungi? I beleieve this was rooted in the ground, although I can't be 100% sure. As I said, it was very wet and fragile, and if I touched it any more, it would have ripped apart. It was upright, but I guess it could have possibly been 'propped' up by someone or thing as it was just off of a public trail.


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    #4211497 - 05/23/05 09:11 PM (11 years, 6 months ago)

Many polypores are bracket fungi, but there are also many of them that look like typical cap-and-stem fungi.

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Re: ID Help [Re: holdthattigerrag]
    #4221848 - 05/26/05 11:41 AM (11 years, 6 months ago)

OK, so my interest in this specimen got the best of me. I was hiking near the same area yesterday and made a stop by it again to get a better look. It was rooted in the ground, and I noticed that is doesn't have pores. It has very under-defined gills(almost too hard to see). I took the picture and description by my old Mycology professor this morning, and he thinks it is a parasitized mushroom of some kind that has been transformed into what i found. He said it definitely had gills once, and that from the looks of the degradation/gelling of the gills it could have possibly be a coprinus at one point but it is way too hard to tell.

Just thought you all may be interested...


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