Red belt conk is a polypore living on coniferous and deciduous trees. It has a large, wedge-like perennial fruiting body. It is grayish in colour, with orange edges. The underside is creamy white. The spores are released when the outer shell is damaged and attach themselves to host trees.
The red belt conk is a saprotrophic fungus that forms brown rot on stumps and dead trees. It can also be found on live trees. It grows with spruce and pine, as well as with birch and gray alder. It is prevalent in Eurasia and North America.
The red belt conk has a distinctive sweet scent. It is used as a herbal remedy due to its anti-inflammatory and immunity-enhancing properties. It was once burned with tobacco to ease headaches and nausea.
Pycnoporellus fulgens, another polypore, grows only on a tree that is decayed by the red belt conk. The red belt conk is a common species. It benefits from preserving deadwood and leaving retention trees and stumps in forests.
Red belt conk
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