Characteristics: Considered to be an allergen. Not known to be pathogenic or toxigenic.
Description: It is often found growing on conifers and hardwoods causing white rot, root rot, and stem rot. Used in traditional Chinese medicine as an herbal supplement. It is also known as a “shelf fungus” because the fruiting body forms a stalk-less shelf on the sides of trees and logs. It is sometimes called “artists conk” because when you scratch the white pores of the fruiting body, the white rubs away and exposes the brown hyphae underneath. Thus, pictures can be produced by the fruiting body.