Woody hard bracket fungi

Woody, hard, Bracket-shaped, Polypore Fungi.


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Sometimes mistaken for perennial Phellinus and Fomes, the single species of Australoporus has a pore surface that is pale pink to orange, whereas it is brown in Phellinus, and white in Fomes.


Represented in New Zealand by a single common species on usually dead wood of many hosts, forming perennial, bracket-shaped to crust-like fruiting bodies, of solid texture but slightly flexible under pressure. Causing a brown rot and thought responsible for much of the brown rot seen in Nothofagus forests.


Woody-hard, bracket-shaped fruiting bodies on wood, mostly saprobic on dead wood but sometimes also (weakly) parasitic on living trees. Fruit bodies are perennial, forming a new layer of tubes each year beneath the previous one, like growth rings of a tree. The lower surface consists of pores, the opening of tubes in which spores are produced. During active growth, this pore surface is white, bu...


Forming annual to occasionally perennial fruiting bodies, represented by a single species in New Zealand. The dark upper surface contrasts with the cream lower poroid surface. Almost exclusively on Kauri.


Highly distinctive genus in New Zealand with single species, forming large annual fruiting bodies, on living beech.


Wood decay fungi with at least 16 species in NZ, often difficult to distinguish in field with microscopic features most important for diagnosis. Fruiting body varies in different species from wood-hard brackets to thin, hard crusts, always brown, and with lower surface of pores. Some species are annual, others perennial. Common on wood of many different kinds of tree. Some bracket-shaped specie...