Polyporus squamosus Dryad’s Saddle

Polyporus squamosus                                         Dryad’s Saddle 

Syn Cerioporus squamosus  

                        

Living within, feeding on and obtaining nutrients from dead broad-leaved trees, this species particularly favours horse chestnut & sycamore. Very occasionally it can appear on conifers. The fruit bodies can be solitary or in overlapping groups. It emerges like a stout rivet, with a flattish head that is depressed in the centre. Often encountered as a semi-circular fan shape up to 500mm across, the upper surface varies from straw to ochre-yellow with numerous darker brown flattened scales arranged in concentric rings. The caps margin is finely hairy,