Mycorrhaphium adustum

Scientific name:  Mycorrhaphium adustum (Schwein.)
Maas Geest.
Derivation of nameAdust- means "scorched" perhaps in
reference to the dark coloration that follows bruising or
develops with age.
Synonyms:  Steccerinum adustum (Schwein.) C.S. Bi &
Common name(s): Kidney-shaped tooth.  
Phylum:   Basidiomycota
Order:   Polyporales
Family:   Phanerochaetaceae
Occurrence on wood substrate:  Saprobic; solitary or
grouped, sometimes fused together, sometimes in overlapping
clusters on dead deciduous wood, especially oak (Quercus);
July through November. 
Dimensions:  Caps 2.5-7.5 cm wide; stipes (when present)
are 2-3 cm long and 1-2 cm thick, lateral.  
Description:  The kidney-shaped to circular caps are white
when young and tan in age. Cap surfaces are minutely
velvety to glabrous and will bruise smoky-gray. Cap margins
are often black in age. Cap undersides are covered with
spines 1-3 mm long, fused, and appearing forked at their tips.
Spines are white at first, becoming pinkish-brown or purplish
and finally brown in age.      
Edibility: Inedible.
Comments:  Mycorrhaphium adustum looks like a polypore
or even a gilled mushroom until examined.

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Figure 1. Mycorrhaphium adustum. The branch was placed on
the mossy rock for the photograph.
Photo © Gary Emberger.

Figure 2. Tan cap and spines of Mycorrhaphium adustum.
Photo © Steve Nelsen.

Figure 3. Mycorrhaphium adustum with a whitish cap.
Photo © Steve Nelsen.

Figure 4. This view from the side shows the lateral stalks
which are often present. Photo © Steve Nelsen.

Figure 5. These specimens, collected during the 2005
NEMF foray, show a pinkish-brown spine surface and
faintly zonate markings on cap surface.
Photo © Gary Emberger.

Figure 6. Close up of the toothy undersurface of the specimen in
Figure 1. Photo © Gary Emberger.

Figure 7. The spines fuse together, except at the tips, giving
the tips a forked appearance. Photo © Gary Emberger.


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