E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Trametes suaveolens L.: Fr.
fragrant bracket
Polyporaceae

Species account author: Ian Gibson.
Extracted from Matchmaker: Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest.

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Species Information

Summary:
features include white to grayish white or buff non zoned bracket-like fruitbody with pleasant anise smell when fresh, and relatively thick with rounded margin, relatively large pores, and growing on Salix and Populus; found in BC, ID, also AB, MB, NB, NS, ON, PQ, YT, AK, AZ, CT, GA, IA, KS, MA, ME, MN, MO, MT, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, SD, UT, VT, WI, WY, (Gilbertson), also Europe, Asia, (Breitenbach)
Cap:
up to 14cm wide, bracket-like, dimidiate [roughly semicircular] or elongate, (rarely entirely flat pore surface); cream to buff; finely tomentose to bald, not zoned, smooth; margin rounded, (Gilbertson), 2-12(15)cm along wood, projecting 1.5-8cm, 1.5-4cm thick at attachment, bracket-like, semicircular, broadly attached; white to grayish white, ocher-brownish when old; even to slightly undulating, velvety-tomentose; margin sharp, (Breitenbach)
Flesh:
up to 0.35cm thick, soft-corky, zoned; white to cream, (Gilbertson), when fresh corky, soft, tough, when dry corneous, hard, tough, light; white, (Breitenbach)
Pores:
2-3 per mm, circular to angular, thick-walled; cream to pale buff; tube layer up to 1cm thick, colored as flesh or slightly darker than flesh, (Gilbertson), 1-2(3) per mm, "rounded angular to oblong"; "white then ocherish to brown"; tube layer up to 1(1.5)cm thick, (Breitenbach)
Odor:
pleasant anise when fresh, (Gilbertson), conspicuous anise when fresh (Breitenbach)
Taste:
indistinct (Buczacki)
Microscopic:
spores 9-12 x 4-4.5 microns, cylindric, smooth, inamyloid, colorless, thin-walled; basidia 4-spored, 22-40 x 6-7 microns, clavate, with basal clamp; cystidia absent; hyphae trimitic, generative hyphae of context 3-5 microns wide, "thin-walled, rarely branched, with clamps", skeletal hyphae of context 4-7.5 microns wide, "thick-walled, nonseptate, rarely branched", binding hyphae of context 2.5-5 microns wide, "thick-walled, much branched"; hyphae of trama similar, (Gilbertson), spores 7-11 x 3-3.5(4) microns, cylindric to slightly curved, smooth, inamyloid, colorless, (Breitenbach)
Spore Deposit:
white (Buczacki)

Habitat / Range

annual, most common on Salix (willow) and Populus, also reported on Betula (birch) and Abies (fir), associated with white heartrot of living hardwoods and also on stumps, (Gilbertson), single or imbricate [shingled], often concrescent, on "old, dead or still living trunks and branches of Salix (willow)", (Breitenbach)

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Species References

Gilbertson(1), Breitenbach(2)*, Buczacki(1)*

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