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The common name for the fruit body of Polyporus squamosus. This species forms handsome, semicircular, kidney-shaped or fan-shaped fruit bodies up to 60 cm across. The upper surface is yellowish-brown with dark brown, flattened, feathery scales arranged in more or less concentric rings. The lower surface is whitish with angular pores. The stipe is lateral, sometimes very short. It is common on dead wood, but can also parasitize living trees.

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