Fomes fomentarius.

Fomes fomentarius.

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Caption: Fomes fomentarius. Tinder fungus the tinder polypore also known as touchwood punk hoof fungus amadou or Amadouvier. almost always found on birch trees where is causes a white rot.tinder polypore has been used as a tinder for starting fires small pieces of the fruiting body were struck with a flint the fruiting body can be hammered flat into something like felt. This felt can be kept smoldering with very little heat. It is thought to have been used to transport fire from one place to another.

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