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Dryad's Saddle Overview
Cerioporus squamosus is a bracket fungus species in the Polyporaceae family. It is known commonly by the names Dryad's Saddle and Pheasant's Back Mushroom. It is found widely in North America, Asia, Australia and Europe. It can be found growing on trees and dead logs, the mushroom is between 8-30cm in width and may reach 10cm in height. This fungus can cause white rot in the host tree species, it is commonly found on elm and maple trees. The fungus fruiting body is coloured yellow-brown and has scaly squamule structures on the upper surface. Underneath the cap, the spores are produced from minute tube-like structures, these are characteristic of the Cerioporus genus. These mushrooms are best harvested when young and fresh, they can become infested with maggots if left long enough and they develop an unpleasant rubbery, firm texture with age, eventually becoming inedible. It's said to have a mild nutty flavour and a scent of watermelon rind.