Climacocystis borealis

Scientific name:   Climacocystis borealis (Fr.) Kotl. &
Pouzar
Derivation of name:   Climacocystis means growing in an
imbricate fashion like a staircase and having cystidia; borealis
means "northern" and refers to the northern range of this
fungus.
Synonymy:   Polyporus borealis Fr.
Common names:  
Phylum:   Basidiomycota
Order:   Polyporales
Family:   Fomitopsidaceae
Occurrence on wood substrate:  Parasitic and saprophytic;
solitary or as overlapping clusters at the base of and on roots
of living conifers and on logs and stumps; found year-round. 
Dimensions: Caps 4-15 cm wide; 3-15 cm long; 0.5-4 cm
thick.    
Upper surface:  Whitish at first, yellowish in age; hairy; soft
and watery when fresh.        
Pore surface: White, yellowish on drying; 1-3 per mm; pore
openings may be irregular and angular.
Edibility: Inedible.
Comments:  Climacocystis borealis causes a butt rot and
root rot of conifers. It continues as a saprobe on dead roots
and stumps. This species is circumglobal and boreal. It's
range extends south in mountainous areas.
 
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Figure 1. An overlapping cluster of caps of Climacocystis
borealis
. Photo © Dianna Smith.
    

Figure 2. Upper surface. Photo © Gary Emberger.


Figure 3. The color of the pore surface is about the same as
the upper surface. Photo © Gary Emberger.


Figure 4. Note the somewhat irregular shape of some of the
pores. Photo © Tom Volk.

 

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