Dryad's saddle Polyporus squamosus

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Habitat Woodland

Also known as 'pheasant's back'.

The name ‘Dryad's saddle’ refers to the tree nymphs of Greek mythology called Dryads who could conceivably sit and ride on this mushroom.

It plays an important role in woodland ecosystems by decomposing the dead logs or tree stumps of hardwood trees. Occasionally, however, it can become a parasite and cause a white rot in the heartwood of living trees.

Habitat

Woodland.

When to see

Summer and autumn.

Did you know?

Although not usually included in many foragers guides, the dryad's saddle is not a poisonous fungus. However, its tough texture - particularly in mature growths - means it is often not that palatable either!