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Fungus Wednesday - Dryad's Saddle

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 7 December 2016 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

The "Dryad's Saddle" fungus, a.k.a. "Hawk's Wings", spotted in Gilbert Park in Downers Grove, Illinois. It is a basidiomycete bracket fungus, with common names including pheasant's back mushroom as well. It has a widespread distribution, being found in North America, Australia, Asia, and Europe, where it causes a white rot in the heartwood of living and dead hardwood trees. The name "Dryad's Saddle" refers to creatures in Greek mythology called dryads who could conceivably fit and ride on this mushroom, whereas the pheasant's back analogy derives from the pattern of colors on the bracket matching that of a pheasant's back.

Photo captured October 22, 2016.

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Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quel champignon sur ce tronc quelle vue merivelleux.

7 Dec 2016 5:23am

Phil Morris from Saskatoon, Toronto, NYC, Canada

Great pair of photos, I remember these mushrooms in the woods in Canada.

7 Dec 2016 5:28am

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Magnifiques champignons, belles couleurs et détails. )

7 Dec 2016 6:59am

Claudine/canelle from Lorient, France

Deux très belles photos !

7 Dec 2016 7:08am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

A new one to me . . fungi are fascinating and kinda mysterious.

7 Dec 2016 7:18am

yo from Ile de France, France

Excellent montage montrant deux aspects du champignon.

7 Dec 2016 8:30am

martine Libouton from Bousval, Belgium

Deux belles photos!

7 Dec 2016 10:03am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

a very nice diptych of this bracket fungus

7 Dec 2016 10:43am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

very nice find

7 Dec 2016 10:53am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Splendid capture of the fungus .

7 Dec 2016 11:48am

jean pierre a from France

belle "coupelle"!! amitiés

7 Dec 2016 12:37pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

Two very fine examples, shot perfectly to offer different angles. I see a lot of specimens in the Elora Ontario woods where I spend so much time walking the river gorge.

7 Dec 2016 1:42pm

Frances from Boston, United States

Wow! Excellent capture! The mushrooms look as if they were put there on purpose.

7 Dec 2016 2:12pm

Devi from Chennai, India

wow...like a natural wash basin growing on a tree...may be belongs to some elves and sprites:))))) My imagination is running wild :))

7 Dec 2016 2:55pm

Graciel·la (Vic. Catalonia) from CAT. New European State, Poland

Wow !! Good work.

7 Dec 2016 3:34pm

Remus from Portugal

For me, it's a big pancake.

Very nice find and good work.

7 Dec 2016 4:31pm

Lalena from Barcelona, Spain

Excellent details!!!

7 Dec 2016 6:02pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

I am happy you showed two angles. What a beautiful shape and pattern.

7 Dec 2016 6:32pm

Francisco Romero from Leon, Spain

Very good images of this fungus.

7 Dec 2016 9:29pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Beautiful shots of this fungus.

7 Dec 2016 9:41pm

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

haha - I didn't know Wednesday was fungus day. Perhaps I could have ordered my daily selections better. And you provide a double dose.

8 Dec 2016 2:25am

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

I love it. It is a little forest table.

8 Dec 2016 2:44am

L'Angevine from Angers, France


8 Dec 2016 9:13am

Sam from Chennai, India

Beautiful images of the fungus. Great. :)

8 Dec 2016 9:32am