Mushrooms in this family can be very large in
size. Usually have a tough woody structure which can last for years. Some
put on new growth every year. Mostly shelf like in shape. Stem absent. Pore
layer can vary in size from barely visible to small.
This mushroom was found on an old crab apple tree in Havelock North.
This mushroom looks dead but some of these species put on new growth every
year shown by the lines forming the edge.
Cap: Shelf like or hoof shaped. Probably brown in colour with bands
or lines of darker and lighter colour, but it is
hard to be sure because the upper surface is covered in algae. About
20-25 cm in diameter.
Pore layer: Fairly small pores. White in colour and staining brown
when bruised. (you can see the finger prints in the second photo).
The third picture shows a close up of the pore layer, with a friendly worm
that worked it's way in front of the camera before the picture was taken.
Edibility: Too tough and woody to be of value
Found at Boundary Stream Scenic Reserve on November 11, 2000.
Sizes varied from 8-20cm wide. Spectacular looking with a very shiny surface
that soon fades on drying.
Pore layer: Reddish brown
Edibility: Not edible
Different people react
differently to different mushrooms.
NEVER eat a wild mushroom
without being 100% sure it is safe to do so.