Common Names: Elegant polypore
Syn. Polyporus leptocephalus, Polyporus elegans. Typically found fruiting on smaller hardwood sticks and decaying branches, this polypore is fairly easily recognized by its small size, its whitish pore surface, and its black, or half-black, central stem. It is widely distributed across North America, and appears to vary somewhat in the color and texture of its cap. Like many polypores it is rather tough. Polyporus badius is vaguely similar but is usually larger, redder, and shorter-stemmed. Polyporus melanopus is even more similar in appearance, but not in habitat; it grows terrestrially.