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Polyporus squamosus.   Click a photo to enlarge it.   back to list

synonyms: Dryad’s Saddle, Pisztricgomba, Polypore écailleux, Schuppiger Porling
Polyporus squamosus Mushroom
Ref No: 8796
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Polyporus squamosus2 Mushroom
Ref No: 8797
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Polyporus squamosus3 Mushroom
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Polyporus squamosus Kelly Preedy2 Mushroom
Ref No: 20311
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Polyporus squamosus Kelly Preedy3 Mushroom
Ref No: 20312
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Polyporus squamosus 7 Mushroom
Ref No: 20736
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location: North America, Europe
edibility: Edible
fungus colour: Yellow
normal size: over 15cm
stem type: Lateral, rudimentary or absent
flesh: Mushroom has distinct or odd smell (non mushroomy), Pore material cannot be seperated from flesh of the cap
spore colour: White, cream or yellowish
habitat: Grows on wood

Polyporus squamosus Huds. ex Fr. Dryad’s Saddle, Scaly Polypore, Polypore écailleux, Schuppiger Porling, Poliporo squamoso, Zadelzwam. Bracket 5–60cm across, 0.5–5cm thick, initially circular or fan-shaped, ochraceous-cream covered in concentric dark brown fibrillose scales. Stem 30–100 x 20–60mm, lateral or occasionally off-centre, blackish towards the base. Flesh 1–3cm thick, succulent when fresh, drying corky, white. Smell strongly of meal. Tubes 5–10mm long, decurrent down the stem, white to creamy. Pores 1–3 x 0.5–1.5mm, irregular and angular, whitish to ochraceous-cream. Spores white, oblong-ellipsoid, 10–15 x 4–5um. Hyphal structure dimitic with generative and binding hyphae; generative hyphae with clamp-connections. Habitat parasitic on deciduous trees, especially elm, beech and sycamore, causing intensive white rot. Season spring to summer, annual. Common. Edible when still young and soft. Distribution, America and Europe. Kelly Preedy has sent me these interesting photographs of the fungus coming up from the roots below ground, this is a little unusual normally it will grow from the trunk of the tree, also her specimens came up very early -note the cherry blossom on the ground around them. Many thanks for these pictures Kelly.

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James Cruikshank (United States) - 02 June 2014

Dryad's Saddle. Central Massachusetts, June 1, 2014.
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James Cruikshank (United States) - 01 June 2014

Dryad's Saddle. Central Massachusetts, June 1, 2014.
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Kristina Trott (United States) - 06 November 2013

detail of mushroom base
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Kristina Trott (United States) - 06 November 2013

Growing 6 feet up in living maple, in town park. Beautiful (seems to be everyone's favorite!).Nov.2nd find.
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Paula Kerr (United States) - 10 August 2013

Underside - Appears to be growing on a LIVE Silver Maple. This photo was taken in Tonawanda, NY - USA.
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Paula Kerr (United States) - 10 August 2013

Tonawanda, NY USA ... I found this so interesting, it led me to your web page :) Those are my car keys and a Raccoon Tail on the top "shelf"
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Mark Scott (United Kingdom) - 25 June 2013

Large specimen on a chestnut tree stump, Hampshire, UK. June 2013.
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Dave Patten (United Kingdom) - 13 June 2013

My recent pic of what I presume is the same bracket fungus
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Jasmine Shokar (Canada) - 30 May 2013

Polyporus squamosus. AKA "Dryad's saddle", or "Pheasant's back" Ontario, Canada May 29, 2013
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viorel tifui (Romania) - 19 March 2013

NEAMT, ROMANIA,MUNTII BISTRITEI
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viorel tifui (Romania) - 19 March 2013

ROMANIA, NEAMT
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Octav Ciortan (Romania) - 17 January 2013

Somewhere in Romanian Fagaras mountains.
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Tudor Ioana (Romania) - 19 December 2012

Paul Covic, Romania, 19 decembrie 2012
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Tudor Ioana (Romania) - 13 October 2012

Poliporus squamosus in Bucuresti capitala Romaniei.
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Barbara Busby (United Kingdom) - 11 August 2012

We have a pear tree stump on and around which various fungi grow this is the latest. Can someone confirm it is a Dryad's Saddle? Since this picture was taken it has grown - the top is now approx 30 cm across
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Marjan Kustera (Yugoslavia) - 11 May 2012

Find and photo taken in southern Serbia by Mushroom Societi of Niš City.Marjan Kuštera
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Lorand Bartho (Hungary) - 07 December 2011

Hungarian name, Pisztricgomba
Simon Lambert (United Kingdom) - 26 October 2011

Dryads saddle, Polyporus squamosis. Sited on astump that was well rotted and un-identifiable. Location- Ferring side of open fields, Goring Gap, Worthing , West Sussex
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Simon Lambert (United Kingdom) - 26 October 2011

Dryads saddle, Polyporus squamosis. Sited on astump that was well rotted and un-identifiable. Location- Ferring side of open fields, Goring Gap, Worthing , West Sussex
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Harry Swihart (United States) - 17 August 2011

Harry Swihart, Cassopolis, Michigan 17Aug11 This appears to be a rather tubular variety of the Polypores Squamosus on a dead elm tree.
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Dejan Stojanovic (Yugoslavia) - 05 July 2011

Zaplanje photographed in the region, village Gadžin Han, the city of Nis, Southern Serbia, SERBIA.
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John Sahli (United States) - 05 July 2011

Found this on the base of a scrub willow. Sometimes called a pheasants back.
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Slobodan Nikolic (Yugoslavia) - 29 June 2011

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Simon Threadgold (United Kingdom) - 24 June 2011

06/06/2011. dead willow log. St Helens U.K.
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Cherrie Corey (United States) - 17 May 2011

About 12" in diameter, this beauty appeared on 5.11.11 on a live silver maple along the Concord River, Concord, MA.
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sharon douglas (Other) - 14 March 2011

This beautiful specimen grows on a live maple every summer. Bruce Penninsula, Ontario, Canada. Have more excellent photos if interested
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Lynne Morgan (United Kingdom) - 16 July 2010

Found in my garden half a mile inland from The Wash, South Lincolnshire.
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Bob Devenney (United Kingdom) - 14 July 2010

Location- Belfast, N Ireland Cavehill Country Park.
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Jorge Jensen (United States) - 26 October 2009

Brampton, Ontario, Canada. Nice group.
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Andrew Leonard (United Kingdom) - 04 July 2009

I found this growing in my garden at the base of a tree (unknown species) in early July in Waterlooville, Hampshire, UK
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William Borne (United States) - 13 May 2009

Is this Polyporus squamosus The large one is 2-3 feet wide Took the photo yesterday in Vestal NY There were 3 clumps near each other and couple single ones 20 feet away on the dead tree. You may use it
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Sheila Adkins (United Kingdom) - 08 May 2009

polyporus squamosus - found in woods near Silverstone, Northants 2 May 09.
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Jasper Sharp (United Kingdom) - 27 December 2008

Dryad's Saddle found and photographed by my brother earlier this year, on May 28th 2008. I am not exactly sure where this was, but somewhere in the Southwest of England, either Somerset or Wiltshire.
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Lorand Bartho (Hungary) - 24 October 2008

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