“Red banded Polypore” Saprotrophic. Brown rotter associated with conifers. Rarely on hardwoods in conifer forests. This perennial polypore is a woody hoof-shaped conk with a shiny dark gray to red-brown cap surface and a paler yellow to white margin. It grows a new layer of tubes each year. The hymenium is cream to white. It is the type species for the Fomitopsidaceae family. ‘Fomitopsis’ means that it resembles species of Fomes.