Albatrellus ovinus (Sheep Polypore)
North America, Europe
Cap 7-18 cm diameter, stem 3-7 cm tall * 1-3 cm thick
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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 mushroom grows under conifers, mycorrhizal with spruce on moss-covered soil.

Cap irregularly shaped, with a creamy white or pale grey colour. It starts out convex, but soon flattens and develops a central depression, becoming distorted and lobed. The margin is wavy and usually remains incurved. As it ages or in very dry weather, the skin may crack. Multiple caps can also fuse together to become firmly conjoined. Stem either central or slightly off-center and has a colour that ranges from whitish to tan. It has a smooth texture or may be very finely velvety. Spore print white.

Microscopic Features: The spores are ellipsoidal to subglobose, measuring 4-4.5 μm in length and 3-3.5 μm in width. They have a smooth surface and possess a germ pore. Moreover, they are inamyloid.

Similar species include Albatrellus confluens which is more orange.

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

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