Phellinus badius (Cooke) G. Cunn., 1965 (syn: Fomes badius Cooke, 1885; Fomes rimosus var. badius (Cooke) Rick, 1960; Fomitiporella badia (Cooke) Teixeira, 1992; Microporus badius (Cooke) Kuntze, 1898; Phellinus violascens Pat., 1923; Polyporus badius Berk., 1841; Polystictus badius (Cooke) Cooke, 1886; Polystictus badius var. badius (Cooke) Cooke, 1886; Polystictus badius var. microporus Lloyd, 1918; Scindalma badium (Cooke) Kuntze, 1898; Trametes badia var. sericea Bres., 1920; Trametes badius (Cooke) Pat., 1900);


This huge fungus was seen growing on a tall tree inside the thick moist forest on 18/5/14.

For validation please.

It looks like Phellinus sp. a medicinal mushroom.

It needs microscopic studies for further confirmation.

Difficult to identify exactly from just one foto. and it doesn’t look like a fresh one.
Anyway it is Fomes fomentarius called tinder fungus. Also ice-man-fungus.
The iceman or Ötzi, was carrying a piece of this mushroom, as medicin.
The birch polypore is known to have antibiotic and styptic effects. Furthermore, toxic oils in bracket fungi are effective against the
intestinal parasites that Ötzi himself suffered from. Were these curative properties already known in the Neolithic period?
More information on ichman here:, it is very interesting. If you ever visit tirol, do visit this museum.

Thanks for the feedback on my Mushroom from Corbett.
Since it was high up on a tree, couldn’t get any closer.

This is also some Phellinus sp. Check for Phellinus pachyphloeus, one of the largest growing wood rooting fungi. However microscopy is required for confirmation…

Thanks, … I think it is more close to images and details at Fomes fomentarius, as already identified by …

… please check this link
It can be Phellinus badius reported from Central India on large variety of hosts. At which location it is Photographed….

Thanks, …, You may be right. More details and images available at

This was at Jim Corbett, Uttarakhand

…, it was photographed near Lohachaur, Durga Devi, inside Jim Corbett National Park.

Elephant Foot Fungus was the name given by the guide.



Bracket fungi : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (4)
This bracket fungus was found growing on tree trunks in the surrounding forest of Cauvery river resorts in Karnataka. The place is 100km away from Bangalore.
It is Fomes fomentarius (L.:Fr.) Kickx, fam. (Coriolaceae).
It has thick hoof-shaped bracket with pale brownish pores on the under-surface, perrenial, generally solitary but sometimes several on the same host.
Upper surface of the fruiting body is greyish, concentrically zoned, very thick, conical or hoof shaped, horny, crusted, sessile.
Flesh is cinnamon-brown. Pores on the under surface light brown.
Also known as tinder fungus. It is inedible.

Thanks for posting … I will also request the members to note a perfect way to represent fungi for ID for your future references

It looks more like some Phellinus sp.
I don’t think it’s Fomes fomentarius because F. fomentarius have greyish white upper surface with tiny round pores underside whereas this one is dark brown coloured and under surface also looks different with much fine pores…

… I still thinks this to be not Fomes fomentarius but some Phellinus sp.
You can see in ladt image the Pileus is dark brown.. 
Whereas in Fomes it is light coloured generally white, to ashgray. Hymenium is nearly white, banding pattern is different on the pileus compared to Phellinus, whereas in Phellinus sp. its more black coloured cracked, margin yellow to dark orange, Hymenium in range of yellow, orange brown brick, brown etc.
I am just posting some images of F. fomentarius in new thread that looks matching..
It will be really helpful if Xanthochoric reaction is done as Phellinus sp. shows instant black Xanthochoric reaction.. 

Can this be Phellinus badius as per paper by … as below:


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