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Photo of artist conk, woody bracket fungus on tree shown from side

Artist Conk

Ganoderma applanatum
The artist conk is a woody, semicircular, brownish bracket with a white underside that bruises dark gray to black. It grows on dead wood or in wounds of living deciduous trees.

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Photo of beefsteak polypore, a rust-colored bracket fungus growing on tree base

Beefsteak Polypore

Fistulina hepatica
The beefsteak polypore is a thick, semicircular, reddish or rusty, gelatinous bracket with a pinkish yellow underside. It grows at the base of living oaks and on stumps.

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Photo of Berkeley's polypore, fresh, young specimen.

Berkeley’s Polypore

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.

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Photo of Berkeley's polypore, fresh, young specimen.

Berkeley’s Polypore

Bondarzewia berkeleyi
Berkeley’s polypore grows in rosettes or clusters of fleshy, cream-colored caps, with whitish pores that descend the stalk. Look for them on the ground near the bases of trees.

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Photo of 2 bitter bolete mushrooms showing top and underside of caps and stalk.

Bitter Bolete

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.

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Photo of black-footed polypore, mature specimens, with photographer's foot.

Black-Footed Polypore

Polyporus badius
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.

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Photo of black-footed polypore, mature specimens, with photographer's foot.

Black-Footed Polypore (Mature)

The black-footed polypore grows on logs and dead trees. The cap can be up to eight inches across. This species can overwinter and look quite different from fresh, young specimens.

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Photo of black-footed polypore mushrooms, older specimens, growing on a log.

Black-Footed Polypore (Older Specimens)

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.

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Photo of top of black-footed polypore mushroom showing smooth fan-shaped cap

Black-Footed Polypore (Top)

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.

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Photo of black-footed polypore mushrooms, young specimens, with pore surface.

Black-Footed Polypore (Young Specimens)

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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