Dryad's Saddle

Polyporus squamosus

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Dryad's Saddle grows as a parasite on broadleaved trees and tree stumps from spring to early autumn, often causing white rot on the trees. It is edible although rarely used in cooking as older specimens can have a tough texture.

How to identify

Dryad's Saddle is a very large fungus which, as it name suggests, is saddle-shaped. It has a pale fawn upper surface, covered in brown, concentric scales. The similar-looking, Bay Polypore, does not have these scales.

Where to find it



When to find it

  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September

How can people help

Fungi are an important part of our woodland ecology, helping to recycle nutrients from dead or decaying organic matter. Many animals depend on them, too. The Wildlife Trusts look after many woodland reserves, managing them for the benefit of the wildlife present, often leaving standing and fallen dead wood which supports fungi. You can help by having log piles and dead wood in your own garden to encourage fungi. In partnership with the RHS, The Wildlife Trusts' Wild About Gardens initiative can help you plan your wildlife garden.

Species information

Common name
Dryad's Saddle
Latin name
Polyporus squamosus
Cap diameter: up to 60cm Cap thickness: up to 3 cm Stem height: 3-10cm
Conservation status