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Red Belt Conk
Rock City State Forest
Fomitopsis pinicola mushrooms are one of the most widely distributed polypores in the Northern Hemisphere, being found throughout North America and Europe. Also called the red-banded polypore, it is usually found on the dead trunks and stumps of conifers at least as far south as the Carolinas.
This red belt conk was photographed in New York's Rock City State Forest in the vicinity of the Little Rock City nature trail.
These mushrooms are stalkless and woody, with a cap that can be flat, conical or hoof-shaped, brown to red on top with a thick white or yellowish edge and white to yellow underneath.
For more information on Fomitopsis pinicola see MushroomExpert.com
For a taxonomic tree and links to other fungi posted on Wild Florida Photo see the Fungi at Wild Florida Photo page.
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