Rooted Polypore (Polyporus radicatus)
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Polyporus radicatus is a species of fungus in the family Polyporaceae. It was described as new to science by German-American botanist Lewis David de Schweinitz in 1832. It is found in North America, including Mexico. It grows on the ground, probably from buried roots or originating from sclerotia. Its spores are more or less ellipsoid to spindle shaped. The younger specimen is brown to cinnamon-toned and slightly fuzzy. The underside of cap is white to cream with very flat, squamous pores that extend down the stipe. The stipe is more of a blush to pale gold tone. Flesh is white. No bruising occurs on cap, flesh, or stipe. The other specimen is GIGANTIC, and some wildlife had already gotten to it. The stipe has darkened to a dark cinnamon brown, and the cap was less fuzzy (and more leathery) than the younger specimen’s. Stipe was around 7 cm diameter at thickest point. Height of mushroom was around 22 cm! Polyporus radicatus seems terrestrial (I was even tricked into thinking they were boletes of some sort), but it is actually saprobic on hardwood roots.
Growing below oaks in a dense mixed hardwood/pine forest.