Alabama Mushroom Society

This page will cover some of the basics for Polyporus umbellatus - the umbrella polypore

Edibility Basics

Polyporus Umbellatus, the umbrella polypore

A Rare Treat

This saprobe rots the base of hardwoods and is often found growing out of rotting/exposed roots and will commonly fruit in the same area for some years. These are a fairly rare find so mark your GPS if you find one. 

Photo by Brian Boatwright

Individual Caps, Branching Stem

The caps are discrete (not fused) and come in a variety of ocher-tan-pale yellow colors. The young caps are often finely scaly and radially fibrilose (small fiber-like likes that run from the center to the margin[edge of the cap]). These caps are round(ish) and not leaflet-like as seen in Grifola frondosa (Hen of the woods). 

 Photo by Brian Boatwright

Wide Pores,
Running Down Stems

The underside is covered in fairly large pores that actually run down the stems. An important characteristic is that the caps have discrete stems that run into a central mass/stem and not individual stems that run into the ground/wood. 

Photo by Brian Boatwright 

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