Pycnoporus cinnabarinus (NL: Vermiljoenhoutzwam / EN: Cinnabar Polypore / DE: Zinnobertramete / FR: Polypore ou Tramète rouge cinabre) is a pretty unmistakable mushroom when fresh, since bright orange colors are fairly rare among the polypores. The species is saprobic on the dead wood of hardwoods, especially cherry, beech and birch, (usually with bark still adnate) and rarely on the wood of conifers, causing a white rot. A typical fruit body measures 3 – 11cm across, 2 – 8cm wide and 0.5 – 1.5cm thick, is semicircular or fan-shaped and feels leathery (becoming corky when dried). The upper surface is covered in fine soft hairs when young, later smooth and slightly wrinkled, bright red or orange-red becoming less bright with age.
Image: Saint-Hubert (B) - 24/09/2011
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