Dryad’s Saddle

(Cerioporus squamosus)

Conservation Status
Dryad’s Saddle
 
  IUCN Red List

not listed

 
  NatureServe

not listed

 
  Minnesota

not listed

 
           
           
           
 
Description
 
 

Dryad’s Saddle is a common, easily recognized, wood decaying, bracket fungus. It fruits mostly in the spring but occasionally also in the summer or fall. It is found usually in overlapping clusters of 2 or 3, sometimes singly. It is both saprobic, occurring on logs and stumps of dead hardwood trees, and parasitic, occurring on the lower trunk of living hardwood trees, especially elms.

The fruiting body is a large, stalked bracket. The bracket is circular to fan-shaped or kidney-shaped, 2¼ to 12 in diameter, and up to 1½ thick. The upper surface is light yellowish-brown with flat, brown or dark brown scales. The scales have a feathery appearance, which accounts for the common names Hawk’s Wing and Pheasant’s Back.

The underside is whitish. The pores are small at first, becoming very large, up to in the largest dimension.

The stalk (stipe) is short, thick, tough, and often off-center. It is 1¼ to 4 long and ¾ to 2¼ in diameter. As it ages the base of the stipe becomes velvety black.

The flesh is white.

The spores are whitish to cream-colored.

 
     
 

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Habitat and Hosts
 
 

Hardwood and mixed forests. Dead and living hardwoods, especially elm.

 
     
 
Biology
 
 

Season

 
 

Spring

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Distribution Map

 

Sources

4, 7, 24, 26, 29, 30, 77.

 
  5/17/2022      
         
 

Occurrence

 
 

Common

 
         
 
Taxonomy
 
  Kingdom Fungi (fungi)  
  Subkingdom Dikarya  
  Phylum Basidiomycota (club fungi)  
  Subphylum Agaricomycotina (jelly fungi, yeasts, and mushrooms)  
  Class Agaricomycetes (mushroom-forming fungi)  
  Subclass Agaricomycetidae  
  Order Polyporales (shelf fungi)  
  Family Polyporaceae (bracket fungi)  
  Genus Cerioporus  
       
 

Unitl recently, Dryad’s Saddle was known by the name Polyporus squamosus. In 2017, based on phylogenetic analysis, this and several other species were transferred to the newly resurrected genus Cerioporus.

 
       
 

Synonyms

 
  Polyporus squamosus  
       
 

Common Names

 
 

Dryad’s Saddle

Hawk’s Wing

Pheasant’s Back

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Glossary

Saprobic

Obtaining its nutrients from non-living organic matter, such as decaying plant or animal matter.

 

Stipe

A supporting stalk-like structure lacking vascular tissue: in fungi, the stalk supporting the mushroom cap; in ferns, the stalk connecting the blade to the rhizome; in flowering plants, the stalk connecting the flower’s ovary to the receptacle; in orchids; the band connecting the pollina with the viscidium.

 
 
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Cerioporus squamosus

 
  Cerioporus squamosus
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About

Published on May 29, 2013

Un champignon trouvé sur une souche dans le jardin.

J'ai créé cette vidéo à l'aide de l'outil de création de diaporamas YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/upload).

 

 

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  Dryad Saddle Mushroom
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Uploaded on May 15, 2011

Cerioporus squamosus is a spring time wild edible mushroom that is found in the same habitat and at the same time of year as morel mushrooms here in Southern Michigan.

   
  Super Huge Fungus - Dryad’s Saddle (Cerioporus squamosus) on a tree
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Uploaded on Jul 14, 2011

Awesome example of large tree fungus on a sycamore tree.

Name is Dryad’s Saddle (Cerioporus squamosus) and it is edible when younger.

Thanks to 'grifola' for that information.

   
  Pheasantback Mushroom (Cerioporus squamosus)
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Published on May 20, 2013

I found mushrooms today, I was pretty sure they were Pheasantback or Dryad’s saddle but wasn't 100% sure till I put this video up so I didn't bring them home, my research says you should always pick them small, large ones are rubbery! and they have a faint smell of watermellon.

   

 

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  Margot Avey
5/17/2022

Location: St. Louis Park, MN

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  Apricity Apricity
Fall 2021

Location: Martin County, Fairmont, MN

 
  Alfredo Colon
8/4/2019

Location: Woodbury, MN

Dryad’s Saddle  
  Brian
8/2/2018

Location: Theodore Wirth Park, Minneapolis, MN

Huge white Dryad’s Saddles 40 cm+  growing on old downed elm tree

 
  James
5/18/2018

Location: MN

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  L. Bessel
8/28/2017

Location: Sibley County

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  Steve B
5/22/2017

Location: Plymouth/Hennepin

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  Kirk Nelson
5/15/2016

Location: Lebanon Hills Regional Park

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