Bracket fungus

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A bracket fungus(Pycnoporus sp.) with a tough, woody cap
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A bracket fungus, probably the Sulphur Shelf (Laetiporus sulphureus), this one grooved and hairy, especially at the margins

Bracket fungi, or shelf fungus, are fungi notable for bearing fruiting bodies (conk) as or in a "bracket": a grouping of individual mushroom caps that lie in a close planar grouping of separate or interconnected horizontal rows. Brackets can range from only a single row of a few caps, to dozens of rows of caps that can weigh several hundred pounds. Many types of bracket fungi are polypores.

Examples of bracket fungi include the Oyster mushroom, Sulphur shelf, Birch Bracket, and the Beefsteak Fungus.

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