May 212010

I spotted these two growths of a fungus on a couple of dead trees in our yard.

The first image below is 1 of 4 fungi that were growing around the base of this dead box elder tree.

Shelf Fungus

Just above ground level on the dead and slowly rotting remains of a multiple stemmed box elder tree that I cut down a few years ago.

These next 2 shots are the same growth on a different tree.

Double Decker

This double layered fungus is on the trunk of another dead tree in the hedgerow on the west side of our property.

Double Decker Again

Another view - see that the bottom one has caught and is holding water from a recent rain.

 Posted by at 10:27 pm

  3 Responses to “There’s a Fungus Amungus…”


    All of them are photos of Dryad’s Saddle (Polyporus squamosus) , commonly growing on deciduous trees, including the Box Elder Maple 🙂 The layered one is really just one growing above another one (so really there are 2 in each of those photos). They can grow fast and get pretty big, but I think they fall off and rot after a few months of growth. They are edible, but should be harvested early before they get too large and leathery. Prolonged cooking will also make them tough to eat.


    Impressive. I grew up hearing the phrase used for your title, so I had to click over and be even more impressed.

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