Polyporus the black-footed (Picipes melanopus)
- Department: Basidiomycota (Basidiomycetes)
- Subdivision: Agaricomycotina (Agaricomycetes)
- Class: Agaricomycetes (Agaricomycetes)
- Subclass: Incertae sedis (undefined)
- Order: Polyporales
- Family: Polyporaceae (Polyporous)
- Genus: Picipes
- Species: Picipes melanopus (Polyporus the black-footed)
- Other names for the mushroom:
- Blackfoot tinder
- Polyporus melanopus
- Boletus melanopus Pers
Polyporus black-footed (Polyporus melanopus, obsolete) is a mushroom from the Polyporov family. Previously, this species was attributed to the genus Polyporus, and in 2016 it was transferred to a new genus – Picipes, therefore the current name is Picipes melanopus.
A polyporus mushroom called Polyporus melanopus has a fruiting body, which consists of a cap and a leg. The diameter of the cap is 3-8 cm, according to some sources up to 15 cm, thin and leathery. Its shape in young mushrooms is funnel-shaped, rounded.
In mature specimens, it becomes reniform, has a depression near the base (in the place where the cap joins the stem).
The top of the cap is covered with a thin film with a glossy sheen, the color of which can be yellow-brown, gray-brown or dark brown.
The hymenophore of the black-footed polyporus is tubular, located on the inner side of the cap. In color, it is light or white-yellow, sometimes it can go down a little down the mushroom leg. The hymenophore has small rounded pores, 4-7 per 1 mm.
In young specimens, the flesh is loose and fleshy, while in ripe mushrooms it becomes hard and crumbles.
The stem comes from the center of the cap, sometimes it can be a little eccentric. Its width does not exceed 4 mm, and its height is no more than 8 cm, sometimes it is bent and pressed against the cap. In structure, the leg is dense, to the touch it is soft velvety, in color it is more often dark brown.
Sometimes you can see several specimens grown together with each other.
Season and habitat of the mushroom
Black-footed polyporus grows on fallen branches and foliage, old dead wood, old roots buried in the soil, belonging to deciduous tree species (birch, oak, alder). Individual specimens of this mushroom can be found in coniferous and fir forests. Fruiting of the black-footed polyporus begins in mid-summer and continues until late autumn (early November). The species is widespread in regions of Russia with a temperate climate, up to the territories of the Far East. You can rarely meet this mushroom.
Polyporus black-footed (Polyporus melanopus) is classified as an inedible mushroom species.
Similar types and differences from them
Polyporus blackfoot cannot be confused with other varieties of mushrooms, because its main difference is its dark brown, thin stem.
Photo of the mushroom Polyporus the black-footed from the questions in recognition:
2018.11.12 Ivanova tatiana 2017.08.10 Maria