Ischnoderma resinosum

Common Names: Resinous polypore, late fall polypore, benzoin bracket
Category: Fungi
Sub-category: Polypores

Approximately 7 to 25 cm across, velvety, dark red/brown, aging black above, white/cream colored below. Its spongy but tough, sweet smelling flesh exudes an amber/red liquid when young. It has no stem and is directly attached to the dead wood. Chemical reaction: all parts grayish to blackish with potassium hydroxide.

Typically fruits on hardwood logs and stumps in late autumn. It is a widely distributed species.

Edible Notes: It is not edible. Not much information available as to why. One likely reason is that the flesh is tough.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.