|Ruby LOVES to "play dead" so we can will bury her in snow!|
Except it’s not dead.
|Minute snow fleas appear on warm days in late winter.|
|This perennial Red-belted Polypore (Fomitopsis pinicola) |
will drop spores on warm winter days.
|Amanita frostiana has a mycorrhizal relationship |
with oaks and conifers.
|The Violet-toothed polypore (Trichaptum biforme) is an annual saprobe.|
|The Hexagonal-pored Polypore (Neofavolus alveolaris)|
The most commonly noticed polypores are shelf fungi or conks. Many are perennial – they have skeletal hyphae—tissue than can withstand freezing and thawing—and just keep growing and growing, sometimes for 70 years or more. And during that time, whenever the temperature goes above freezing for a couple of days, these fungi produce spores.
|Yearly growth layers are obvious on this Phellinus that grows|
new spore-producing tubes on its underside each year.
|The Gilled Polypore, Lenzites betulina, has elongated tubes that almost look like gills.|
|Fomes fomentarius, is commonly called the Hoof Fungus|
(its shape) or Tinder Fungus (used to carry fire from place to place
before matches were invented; Ötzi was carrying some).
|The Cinnabar Polypore (Pycnoporus cinnabarinus) is the colour of dragon's blood!|
|The common name for Trametes versicolor is Turkey tails—for good reason|
|Chicken-of-the-Woods is an excellent edible polypore|
that has the unmistakable texture of overcooked
chicken if you miss its succulent stage.
|This Artist's Conk (Ganoderma applanatum) is exhibiting geotropism|
— the fungus first grew while the tree was still standing, then, after the tree
fell, added new growth with its pore surface—once again—facing down.