Hydnoporia olivacea

Scientific nameHydnoporia olivacea (Schwein.)
Derivation of nameOlivace- means "olive-colored" in
reference to a common coloration of this fungus.  
Synonyms:  Irpex cinnamomeus Fr.; Hydnochaete
(Schwein.) Banker; Pseudochaete olivacea
(Schwein.) Parmasto
Common name(s):  Brown-toothed crust.
Phylum:   Basidiomycota
Order:   Hymenochaetales
Family:   Hymenochaetaceae
Occurrence on wood substrate:  Saprobic; spreading,
crustlike on decaying deciduous tree branches; June
through October, year-round. 
Dimensions: Spreading fruit body may be 5-10 cm (or
more) wide and 10-20 cm (or more) long.    
Description:  Fruit bodies are olive-brown to reddish-
brown, leathery or stiff, spreading crusts with a jagged,
toothlike surface. The flat teeth are 3-6 mm long and are
covered with tiny reddish-brown spines (setae) 0.035-to
0.15 mm long. The setae are visible with a 15x hand lens.
Edibility: Inedible.
Comments:  The setae are found only on the teeth.

Figure 1. Hydnoporia olivacea as it often appears on
dead branches of hardwood trees. A common substrate is
oak (Quercus). Photo © Gary Emberger.

Figure 2. The most striking characteristic of this fungus,
at first sight, is the jagged, toothlike surface.
Photo © Gary Emberger.

Figure 3. The teeth are flat, 3-6 mm long, and ragged near
their tips. Photo © Gary Emberger.

Figure 4. Reddish-brown conical spines (setae) cover the teeth
of Hydnoporia olivacea. The spines are tiny but visible with
a 15X or 20X hand lens. Photo © Gary Emberger.


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