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.: Sarae :.
Aug 6 2011
East Webber via Geronimo
.: Al_HikesAZ :.
Oct 22 2010
Rim to Rim
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Polypore Mushrooms

Polypore Mushrooms and Conks – spores born in pores on the underside of a tough or woody cap. The pore layer is inseparable from the cap. Some have a stalk, others are stalkless and some lie flat on their substrate. The Field Guide to Mushrooms of North America (“the Field Guide”)

Wikipedia - “Polypores are a group of fungi that form fruiting bodies with pores or tubes on the underside (see Delimitation for exceptions). They are a morphological group of basidiomycetes like gilled mushrooms and hydnoid fungi, and not all polypores are closely related to each other. Polypores are also called bracket fungi, and their woody fruiting bodies are called conks.

Most polypores inhabit tree trunks or branches consuming the wood, but some soil-inhabiting species form mycorrhiza with trees. Polypores and their relatives corticioid fungi are the most important agents of wood decay. Thus they play a very significant role in nutrient and carbon cycle of forest ecosystems.

Over a thousand polypore species have been described to science,[1] but large part of the diversity is still unknown even in relatively well-studied temperate areas. Polypores are much more diverse in old natural forests with abundant dead wood than in younger managed forests or plantations. Consequently a number of species have declined drastically and are under threat of extinction due to logging and deforestation.”
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polypore

Please Note: Fungi is tagging along on the HAZ Flora Consoles. Fungi is a different kingdom then the other flora listed on site which is plantae. If you are on the HAZ Flora Admin Team please consult before creating Scientific Families for any Fungi. Please copy this note to all Fungi. thx!

Identifying mushrooms and fungi from photographs is extremely difficult. Sometimes the only way to precisely identify a mushroom is to look at its “spore print”.

HAZ is a hiking site, not a mushroom or fungus website. We are classifying mushrooms and fungus based on the “Quick Identification Guide to Major Groups” in The Field Guide to Mushrooms of North America (“the Field Guide”)

The major groups are as follows:
Gilled Mushrooms
Chanterelles
Tooth Fungi
Club and Coral Fungi
Jelly Fungi
Crust Fungi
Boletes
Polypores and Conks
Birds Nest Fungi
Stinkhorns
Puffballs and Earthstars
Morel, cup fungi and allies.

Here are additional resources if you are interested in more precise information
Identifying Mushrooms
http://www.mushroomexpert.com/identifying.html

Here are some links to resources:
http://www.azfungi.org//
AMP Home Page- http://www.azfungi.org/amp/index.html
Arizona Mushroom Club Home Page- http://az-mushroom-club.org/
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