Mushrooms: Violet-toothed Polypore

Photo of <em>Trichaptum biforme</em> (Violet-toothed Polypore)

Trichaptum biforme is a common decomposer of wood and is widespread across North America. The fruiting bodies of this shelf fungus average 1-2" wide, and like Turkey Tail, often grow in crowded colonies. But whereas Turkey Tail has smooth, whitish pore surfaces, the pore surfaces of Trichaptum biforme are spine-like and violet-tinged, explaining a common name for this species: Violet-toothed Polypore. This mushroom is neither edible nor medicinal, but is nonetheless worth getting to know. For more info and photos, visit (To view the following images in full-size, click here.)

4 thoughts on “Mushrooms: Violet-toothed Polypore”

  1. I have found this mushroom so many times before, and I was marveled by its teeth and color, and only today I finally learned its name. I have a sample at home, growing on a tiny stick and it formed a rounded shape. The surface is glossy. Life is so beautiful in its incredible variety of shapes. ( I just discovered mushrooms last summer, and lichens and slime molds in January!)What joy. Thanks.

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