Laetiporus huroniensis

Scientific nameLaetiporus huroniensis Burds. & Banik  
Derivation of nameLaet- means "pleasing" or "bright"
or "abundant" and por- means "pores." Huron refers to
the Huron Mountains in Michigan's Upper Peninsula
where the species is commonly found. Ensis indicates
"place of origin." 
Common name(s):  
Phylum:   Basidiomycota
Order:   Polyporales
Family:   Fomitopsidaceae
Occurrence on wood substrate: Parasitic and saprobic;
solitary or more commonly shelving and forming compound
clusters on mature and old growth conifers, especially
hemlock (Tsuga canadensis); May through November.
Dimensions: Individual caps up to 25 cm wide, shelving and
clustering to form much larger groupings.   
Upper surface: Bright orange. This species is described as
morphogically indistinguishable from L. sulphureus.         
Pore surface:  Lemon-yellow; pores 2-4 per mm. 
Edibility: Caution is advised. See Cornell Mushroom Blog
below for relevant comments.
Utilizing molecular techniques and mating
incompatibility studies, Burdsall and Banik recognized
L. huroniensis as a new species in 2001. It is one of six
species of Laetiporus in North America, three of which
occur in the Northeast.

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Figure 1. The specimens pictured here are growing on a
large, dead hemlock (Tsuga canadensis) tree located near
Hickory Run State Park in PA. Photo © Gary Emberger.

Figure 2. Morphologically, Laetiporus huroniensis is
described as indistinguishable from L. sulphureus.
Photo © Gary Emberger.

Figure 3. Large shelving cluster of L. huroniensis.
Photo © Gary Emberger.

Figure 4. The dead hemlock tree was likely quite old, a
good match to the habitat description for this species as
occurring on mature and old growth conifers. Photo ©
Gary Emberger.


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