Cinnabar-red Polypore
(Pycnoporus cinnabarinus)
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Cinnabar-red Polypore

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This bright orange-red, tough polypore has a semicircular to kidney-shaped, flat, cinnabar-red to orange stalkless cap 1-5 inches wide.

Cinnabar-red Polypore cap

Cinnabar-red Polypore, from above

The tubes that run to the pores, and the pores themselves, are too small to see without magnification. The pore surface is the same color as the cap.

Cinnabar Polypore from Below

Cinnabar-red Polypore, from below

The spore print is white.

This attractive-looking, conspicuous mushroom decomposes dead hardwoods.

Cinnabar Polypores

Cinnabar-red Polypores

It ranges throughout North America, and you can find it all year. It's easy to identify, but way to tough to eat.