Trichaptum biforme (5 Photos and Description)

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Trichaptum biforme,             Violet Toothed Polypore 

It often grows in thin fan-shaped tiers that sometimes completely cover the surface of dead hardwood trees, fallen logs and tree limbs. It is a saprotrophic white rotter.  The top of this polypore is finely fuzzy bearing a thinly zoned grayish to pale tan surface with a zonate and intensely purplish margin edged in white. The hymenium consists of pores that split as the fruiting body expands aquiring the appearance of 'tooth-like' projections. When fresh, the pore surface can also assume a bright lavender color, in the region closest to the margin. Trichaptum biforme fruits from spring through autumn. The top surface is often host to Phaeocalicium polyporeum, the tiny 'Matchstick Fungus’, a saprotrophic ascomycete, which favors the darker zonate lines closest to the growing edge. 

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