Common Names: Trametes elegans
Saprobic on the deadwood of hardwoods; annual or occasionally perennial; causing a white rot of the sapwood; growing alone or gregariously on logs and stumps; spring through fall. Cap grows up to 35 cm across and 3 cm thick; semicircular, irregularly bracket-shaped, or kidney-shaped; flattened-convex; lumpy near the point of attachment, smoother toward the thin margin; often with concentric zones of texture; whitish to buff; sometimes becoming darker with age, especially near the point of attachment or along the margin. Pore surface is mostly white, and variable, ranging from poroid with round to angular pores (1 to 2 per mm), to maze-like, with slots up to 2 mm wide, to gill-like. The variable pore surface is a key feature for diagnostics.