Dyer's Polypore (Phaeolus Schweinitzii), also known as Velvet Top Fungus or dyer's mazegill, is a type of rot fungus that commonly affects conifers such as Douglas Fir and Hemlock. The fungal infection causes Butt Rot and/or Root Rot in affected trees. Both of these conditions negatively impact the health of the tree, causing dead and rotting material at the base and impacting the transfer of xylem materials.
Dyer's Polypore can be used to create a large array of natural dyes including green, gold, brown and yellow pigments.
Phaeolus Schweinitzii begins to produce fruiting bodies in the summer and fall which gradually become darker in color and harder in texture as they mature.
Fun fact: Some examples of Dyer's Polypore can be found in the forest loop trail as well as on the side of a small footbridge near the beginning of the cemetery trail.