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Panus purpuratus

Genus: Panus
Species: Panus purpuratus G. Stev.
Scientific name: Panus purpuratus
Common name: None

Polypores have a complex macrostructure, their flesh being composed of several kinds of hypae. The strengthening and binding hyphae account for the tough texture and long life of these fruit bodies. The family is one of convenience, members resembling one another only in their general appearance and growing on wood.

Panus purpuratus Oddly for a polypores this one has gills.  Found on wood: in Podocarp Forest   Spore is white. Height: 60 mm Width: 150 mm They tend to appear in the late spring-summer.