Meripilus sumstinei

Common Names: Black-staining polypore, giant polypore
Category: Fungi
Sub-category: Polypores

5 to 20 cm across; fan-shaped; finely velvety or bald; whitish becoming brownish with age; often radially streaked and concentrically zoned; the margin thin, bruising and aging black.

Can be found growing in large clusters of rosettes near the bases of oaks and other hardwoods. or growing from the tree roots underground.

Edible Notes: There are varying reports in edibility. Some field guilds list it as a good edible. Others say it's generally considered inedible, due to its very coarse flesh and mildly acidic taste.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.