squamosus

A saddle shaped yellow fungus

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Names: Polyporus squamosus, basidiomycete bracket fungus, Dryad’s saddle, Saddle back fungus, Pheasant’s back mushroom.
Hosts: Broadleaves
Attacks: Stems and thick branches
Consequences: Wood becomes brittle, or soft, cavity formation. Possible fracture
Called Dryad’s (or Druid’s) saddle for its shape, and Pheasant’s back for the patterning atop the cap. Not technically poisonous, but rarely considered edible, it can be used to make a form of paper.