This fresh Berkeley’s polypore is young enough to be harvested. When mature, Berkeley’s polypores become too tough to eat. Many mushrooms change appearance dramatically as they mature, making it important to collect them more than once to get an accurate identification.
The bitter bolete has a large, smooth, tannish brown cap with pinkish white pores and a webbed, tannish brown stalk. The cap often cracks with age. It grows singly or scattered on the ground in mixed woods.
The black-footed polypore has a smooth, wavy brown cap with whitish or tannish pores on the underside and a black, smooth, off-center stalk. It grows singly or in groups of up to several on dead wood and stumps of deciduous trees.
The black-footed polypore grows on wood. When mature, it has a wavy, reddish-brown cap that is darker towards the stem; the texture is dry, smooth, tough, and leathery. The stalk is black, smooth, and off-center.
The black-footed polypore grows on wood. It has a wavy cap that is reddish to brownish, becoming darker with age; the texture is dry, smooth, tough, and leathery. The stalk is black, smooth, and off-center.
Young black-footed polypores look surprisingly different from mature ones. As you’re learning about mushrooms, collect what you think are the same species more than once to get an accurate identification.
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