Passing this along.
From: Martin Livezey <[masked]>
Sent: Saturday, August 16,[masked]:42 PM
Subject: Piptoporus quercinus
Dear NAMA member,
I am sending you a request to find and report an apparently rare polypore that is suddenly appearing frequently in Maryland and Virginia. Below is a jpg of the attached pdf describing basic appearance during its' life cycle. Have you or any of your club members seen it? I saw this first in July of 2013. It was identified on Mushroom Observer by Jacob Heilmann-Clausen, a Danish mycologist who is listed as corresponding editor in the attached paper done in 2009 in the UK. This year it has been observed eight times, always on a heavily weathered oak log in semi-open to dense hardwood forest. According to the paper, it is accorded the highest level of legal protection in the UK, due to its' rarity. At that time, it was not known to occur in North America.
Below find a link to 9 sightings by myself, and Mycological Association of Washington club members Willow Nero and Michael Weese. We would like to know where else it is fruiting!
If you or a club member does come across it, please post your photos to Mushroom Observer. If you collect, please take only a single fruit body, assuming there are more than one, and leave the rest to complete their purpose. Save the dried specimen and send it to me. I am glad to reimburse your shipping costs. Perhaps a broad study of the relation of this polypore to Fomitopsidaceae can be undertaken!
Thanks very much for your interest.