Poplar and willow.
Other deciduous species.
At the base of the tree up in to the scaffold structure, and emerging from pruning wounds or other form of wound / area of dysfunction.
Annual. Rather tough but remaining flexible. White to greyish-white throughout – the flesh is usually a cleaner white than the upper surface, which may be outlined or ribbed with a light grey colouration. Pores are a little irregular (off-circular) and are usually slotted instead of arranged as a flat surface. Smells rather strongly of aniseed. Old brackets crumble away in time after becoming very algal green in colour.
Trametes gibbosa (lacks the smell of aniseed and is a lot more common).
Considered to be saprobic though there is no direct research on this fungus. Associated with a selective white rot of the wood. When found on standing trees at the base or along the main stem, hollowness and wood strength investigations may be required.