Trametes pubescens

Scientific name:   Trametes pubescens (Schumach.) Pilat
Derivation of name:  Trametes means "one who is thin;"
pubescens means "with hairs of puberty, downy."
Synonymy:   Polyporus pubescens Schum.: Fr.
Common names:  
Phylum:   Basidiomycota
Order:   Polyporales
Family:   Polyporaceae
Occurrence on wood substrate:  Saprobic; solitary to
grouped, often overlapping on dead deciduous wood; June
through October. 
Dimensions:  Caps up to 6 cm wide and less than 1 cm thick.  
Upper surface: Creamy white to yellowish buff; finely hairy to
almost glabrous; azonate or faintly zonate.
Pore surface: Whitish, aging yellowish; pores 3-5 per mm.
Edibility: Inedible.
Comments: The azonate, finely hairy, uniformly creamy or
yellowish caps are a good combination of field identification

Figure 1. Trametes pubescens in overlapping clusters
on a deciduous tree branch.
Photo © Gary Emberger.

Figure 2. Caps are azonate or at best weakly zonate.
Photo © Gary Emberger.

Figure 3. Pore surfaces of Trametes pubescens.
Photo © Gary Emberger.

Figure 4. Caps often have a striate appearance.
Photo © Gary Emberger.


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