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Fomes fomentarius
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Fungi
Division: Basidiomycota
Class: Agaricomycetes
Order: Polyporales
Family: Polyporaceae
Genus: Fomes
(Fr.) Fr. (1849)
Type species
Fomes fomentarius
(L.) Fr. (1849)

Fomes is a genus of perennial woody fungi in the family Polyporaceae. Species are typically hoof-shaped (ungulate). New growth each season is added to the margin, resulting in a downward extension of the hymenium.[1] This often results in a zonate appearance of the upper surface, that is, marked by concentric bands of color.

The name comes from Latin fomes, meaning "tinder", from the use of Fomes fomentarius, also known as the tinder fungus, in making tinder (see amadou).



  1. ^ Orr DB, Orr RT. (1980). Mushrooms of Western North America. California Natural History Guides. Berkeley, California: University of California Press. p. 78. ISBN 0-520-03660-3. 

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