I met this friend on a reishi mushroom (Ganoderma species) many years ago. If you know what species it is, please let me know.
This reishi is coated with spores from the fungus above. Usually, they are a bit more vibrant and shiny. I snapped this shot exploring Mingo National Wildlife Refuge in 2015.
Reishi is important in traditional medicine. I’ve made tinctures and teas with it. Hopefully it’s potency is inversely proportionate to its taste. Learn more about reishi mushroom here.