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Gilled polypore (Lenzites betulina)

Gilled polypore (Lenzites betulina) is a widespread bracket or shelf fungus which grows on dead trees and aids in their decomposition. The irregular gills on its undersurface help to differentiate it from turkey tail (Trametes versicolor), which can bear a resemblance when viewed from above, but has pores rather than gills underneath.

Gilled polypore (Lenzites betulina).  Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve, Antioch, Contra Costa County, California, USA. Stock Photo ID=FUN0204
Gilled polypore (Lenzites betulina), low-angle perspective detailing the gill structure of multiple fruiting bodies. Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve, Antioch, Contra Costa County, California, USA.
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Gilled polypore (Lenzites betulina).  Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve, Antioch, Contra Costa County, California, USA. Stock Photo ID=FUN0203
Gilled polypore (Lenzites betulina) with moss and lichens on a fallen oak tree. Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve, Antioch, Contra Costa County, California, USA.
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Gilled polypore (Lenzites betulina).  Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park, Pine Grove, Amador County, California, USA. Stock Photo ID=FUN0200
Gilled polypore (Lenzites betulina), overhead view clearly showing the tendency of this fungus to envelop obstacles (in this case, pine needles and an oak leaf) instead of pushing them aside. Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park, Pine Grove, Amador County, California, USA.
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Gilled polypore (Lenzites betulina).  Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park, Pine Grove, Amador County, California, USA. Stock Photo ID=FUN0199
Gilled polypore (Lenzites betulina), low-angle view emphasizing the unique, gilled undersurface. Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park, Pine Grove, Amador County, California, USA.
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Gilled polypore (Lenzites betulina).  Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve, Antioch, Contra Costa County, California, USA. Stock Photo ID=FUN0198
Gilled polypore (Lenzites betulina), wide-angle view depicting several fruiting bodies on a fallen oak tree, horizontal composition. Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve, Antioch, Contra Costa County, California, USA.
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Gilled polypore (Lenzites betulina).  Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve, Antioch, Contra Costa County, California, USA. Stock Photo ID=FUN0197
Gilled polypore (Lenzites betulina), wide-angle view depicting several fruiting bodies on a fallen oak tree, vertical composition. Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve, Antioch, Contra Costa County, California, USA.
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