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Albatrellus ovinus   (Sheep Polypore)
North America, Europe
Cap 7-18 cm diameter, stem 3-7 cm tall * 1-3 cm thick

Albatrellus ovinus, also known as Sheep Polypore, is a creamy to pale grey-brown polypore that looks like an agaric or a hedgehog mushroom from above, but it has minute pores on the underside. It stains lemon or greenish-yellow, particularly on the pores. The skin of the convex cap often cracks with age. It has a sturdy stem and very firm, mild to slightly bitter white flesh. The mushroom grows under conifers, mycorrhizal with spruce on moss-covered soil.

Similar species include Albatrellus confluens which is more orange and does not stain yellow; it tastes bitter.

Albatrellus ovinus on the First Nature Web site.
Albatrellus ovinus on the MushroomExpert.Com Web site.

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