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Free Images of Fabulous Fungi
Polyporus squamosus 

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*** Warning ***

I wrestled with the option of whether or not to try to identify and place names to my fungus images.  The study of fungi is done by specialists known as a "mycologists" who have many years of education and specialize in identification.  There are many techniques used to identify a mushroom and it simply cannot be done by visual inspection alone.  Incorrectly identifying a mushroom can have deadly consequences if eaten.

While I have tried to link images with fungus names, I am but a lay person and have used books and images to try to look up, categorize and name the species.  My identification should in no way be relied upon and may be completely inaccurate!

There are many toxic mushroom "look-alikes"  that resemble edible ones.  You should UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES  rely up on any of these images to identify edible, toxic or medicinal organisms/plants.  Some mushrooms and fungi are DEADLY  poisonous and their effects do not show up until it is too late to save yourself.  YOU alone are responsible for properly identifying any mushrooms that you may be interested in.  I have attached names to images which I merely THINK resemble the species.

I am grateful for corrections to taxonomic determinations, please contact me at FreeTiiuPix 

 

Polyporus squamosus
[Dryad's Saddle]

Polyporus squamosus is also known as "Dryad's Saddle", "Pheasant Back Mushroom" or "Hawks Wing".  Easy to identify, the cap of this specimen is 2-12 inches wide and is shaped like a fan or kidney.  Often there are several fruiting bodies overlapping each other growing on dead wood.  It is easy to see why some names refer to birds since the brown scales very much resemble feathers.  Although I didnít smell it, some say that this species smells similar to a watermelon rind.

The pores on the underside are tubes that run somewhat down the stem and are whitish/yellow or tan.  The stem is very short and attached to the wood.

This mushroom apparently makes a very pretty spore print and Iíve placed this on my to-do list.  Found in late spring, this fungi fruits on the dead wood of hardwoods in wet areas.  A common species. 

 

brown bracket fungi Dryad's Saddle Polyporus squamosus

Dryad's Saddle - 1
[Photographed in Northern Ontario at Grundy Lake Prov. Park - May]

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brown bracket fungi Dryad's Saddle Polyporus squamosus

Dryad's Saddle - 2
[Photographed in Northern Ontario at Grundy Lake Prov. Park - May]

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Pheasant Back Mushroom Hawks Wing bracket tree fungi mushroom wild Ontario

Dryad's Saddle - 3
[Photographed in Northern Ontario at Grundy Lake Prov. Park - May]

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Hawks Wing bracket tree fungi mushroom wild Ontario

Dryad's Saddle - 4
[Photographed in Northern Ontario at Grundy Lake Prov. Park - May]

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Gills of brown bracket fungi Dryad's Saddle Polyporus squamosus

Dryad's Saddle - 5
[Photographed in Northern Ontario at Grundy Lake Prov. Park - May]

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Gills of brown bracket fungi Dryad's Saddle Polyporus squamosus wild Ontario mushroom

Dryad's Saddle - 6
[Photographed in Northern Ontario at Grundy Lake Prov. Park - May]

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Underside gills of brown bracket fungi Dryad's Saddle Polyporus squamosus

Dryad's Saddle - 7
[Photographed in Northern Ontario at Grundy Lake Prov. Park - May]

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tubes gills of  Dryad's Saddle Polyporus squamosus

Dryad's Saddle - 8
[Photographed in Northern Ontario at Grundy Lake Prov. Park - May]

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Dryad's Saddle Polyporus squamosus

Dryad's Saddle - 9
[Photographed in Northern Ontario at Grundy Lake Prov. Park - May]

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Gills of brown bracket fungi Dryad's Saddle Polyporus squamosus

Dryad's Saddle - 10
[Photographed in Northern Ontario at Grundy Lake Prov. Park - May]

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brown speckled small mushroom cap northern ontario dryad's saddle

Dryad's Saddle - 11 (Mushroom - 25)  - Early growth.
[Photographed in Northern Ontario at Grundy Lake Prov. Park - May]

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Dryad's saddle fungus in the woods.

Dryad's Saddle - 11
[Photographed in Northern Ontario at Grundy Lake Prov. Park - May]

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Dryad's Saddle brown speckled bracket fungus.

Dryad's Saddle - 12
[Photographed in Northern Ontario at Grundy Lake Prov. Park - May]

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Bracket fungus Polyporus squamosus.

Dryad's Saddle - 13
[Photographed in Northern Ontario at Grundy Lake Prov. Park - May]

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