Fomitopsis pinicola, ‘Red-banded Polypore'  (2 Photos and Description)

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Analysis of DNA sequences of Fomitopsis pinicola gathered from Europe and a range of regions in N.A., indicates there are four clades going under this name, each being a distinct species. The European version named Fomitopsis pinicola differs from each of the 3 N.A. clades and will require being fully desccribed and renamed.  Saprotrophic. Brown rotter associated with mainly conifers.  Rarely on hardwoods in conifer forests. This perennial polypore is a woody hoof-shaped conk with a shiny dark gray to red-brown cap surface and a paler yellow to white margin. It grows a new layer of tubes each year. The hymenium is cream to white. It is the type species for the Fomitopsidaceae family.  ‘Fomitopsis’ means that it resembles species of Fomes.

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Fomitopsis pinicola, ‘Red-banded Polypore' 

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Fomitopsis pinicola, ‘Red-banded Polypore'