Over the years I have seen Dryad's Saddle quite a few times but normally a mature fruit body. Yesterday, despite the very dry weather recently, I encountered my very first sighting of young ones emerging so thought I'd show a couple of photographs.
|Very young Dryad's Saddle emerging|
|Young Dryad's Saddle|
This bracket can grow up to 60 cm in diameter and 5 cm thick. It has broad dark red to chestnut-brown scales which cover a pale ochre background. The pores are white and oblong/angular shaped. The stem is very short and white, browning and can be scaly near the base. To be found on the dead trunks of broadleaf trees such as elm and beech. To be found in Spring and Summer.