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Description: There are about 10 species of Albatrellus in our region, including several rare or uncommon ones, and they occur on soil, litter, or wood. They are fleshy, but tough, and produce a single cap and stipe or multiple caps and stipes from a common base. It is medium-sized and several fruit bodies often occur together. The cap is white to yellowish or orange buff, sometimes with pinkish tones on the margin, but yellow and orange colors are more developed with age. The surface becomes fibrillose to scaly, with the scales sometimes slightly brownish. The tubes are decurrent and white to yellow- or orange-stained in age. The stipe is whitish above with brownish tones towards the base, and stains yellow to rusty orange in age. Dried specimens often develop orange and red colors.
Distribution: Albatrellus avellaneus is a coastal species extending from California northward into Canada.
Habitat: Occur on soil, litter, or wood and is associated with western hemlock and Sitka spruce.
– blue-pored polypore
Description: Indigo or gray-blue when young, but quickly turns gray to gray-brown with age. The cap is often irregularly shaped, smooth or slightly scurfy, with an in-rolled margin. The decurrent pores are similarly colored, as is the stem, but the flesh when cut is cream to pale buff.
Habitat: conifer woodlands
Habitat: A. dispansus occurs in montane mixed conifer forests, sometimes associated with woody debris or buried wood.
– blue knight, blue-capped polypore, Flett's polypore
– sheep polypore
Description: Cream to buff cap, which becomes finely cracked and grayish brown or olive-green with age. The cap is an irregular funnel shape and the edge remains strongly in-rolled even in age. The minute, decurrent pores are white to pale yellowish when fresh, and bruise lemon-yellow. The stout stem is often positioned off-center and is whitish to cream, as is the cut flesh.
Habitat: Conifer woodlands
Substrate: Seen more often with white spruce
Description: A species of montane pine forests that stains yellow to orange when bruised with age.
Habitat: Northern forests.
Substrate: Terrestrial, on roots.