Cinnabar Polypore, Pycnoporus cinnabarinus
Polyporaceae or Polypore Family


Brilliant orange-red to red shelf fungus growing from downed wood. Small to medium size, 1 to 5 inches across. Top of cap finely hairy, like suede, often pockmarked in age. Pore surface a brighter color; pores relatively large. Texture corky, moist when fresh.

A rotter of dead hardwoods, usually early on when the bark is still present. Apparently rather rare, but known from the Park.

White-pored chicken-of-the-woods (Laetiporus cincinnatus) tends to be more yellowish-orange, larger and more irregular in shape, with white pores that are much finer.

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