Northern Cinnabar Polypore

(Trametes cinnabarina)

Conservation Status
Northern Cinnabar Polypore
  IUCN Red List

not listed


NNR - Unranked


not listed


Northern Cinnabar Polypore is an easily recognized bracket fungus. It is widespread and common in eastern North America but not common in Minnesota. It is found from spring to fall, alone or in groups, on dead hardwood. It is rarely found on conifers. It is saprobic, causing white rot on fallen logs.

The fruiting body is a stalkless, shelf-like bracket. The bracket is nearly circular to fan-shaped or kidney-shaped, ¾ to 5 in diameter, and up to ¾ thick. When young, it is bright reddish-orange or cinnabar-red, the flesh is tough, and the upper surface is smooth and covered with fine to suede-like hairs. As it ages, the color fades to dull orange, the flesh becomes rigid, and the upper surface becomes rough and nearly hairless.

The underside is bright reddish-orange or cinnabar-red. It is similar to upperside color when fresh, but it does not fade with age. There are 2 to 4 pores per 1 32 (1 millimeter).

The flesh is reddish to yellowish-red. It is too tough to be edible.

The spore print is white.


Similar Species

Habitat and Hosts

Deciduous and mixed forests




Spring through fall


Distribution Map



4, 7, 24, 26, 29, 30, 77.




Widespread but not common

  Kingdom Fungi (fungi)  
  Subkingdom Dikarya  
  Division Basidiomycota (club fungi)  
  Subdivision Agaricomycotina (jelly fungi, yeasts, and mushrooms)  
  Class Agaricomycetes (mushrooms, bracket fungi, puffballs, and allies)  
  Subclass Agaricomycetidae  
  Order Polyporales (shelf fungi)  
  Family Polyporaceae (bracket fungi)  
  Genus Trametes  

In a molecular DNA study published in 2011, the authors noted that “Pycnoporus is separated from Trametes solely on the basis of the orange-red colors of the basidiocarps.” They concluded that “...all members of the trametoid clade should be classified under one single generic name (Trametes).” Pycnoporus cinnabarinus became Trametes cinnabarina. This reclassification has not been universally accepted.




Boletus cinnabarinus

Polyporus cinnabarinus

Pycnoporus cinnabarinus

Trametes cinnabarinus


Common Names


Cinnabar Polypore

Cinnabar-red Polypore

Northern Cinnabar Polypore










A term often used for saprotrophic fungi. Referring to fungi that obtain their nutrients from decayed organic matter.

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Other Videos
  Cinnabar-red Polypore, wild mushroom

Published on Sep 30, 2012

Tough, stalkless cap with cinnabar-to orange-red pores

  Trametes cinnabarina - A Red Polypore Bracket Fungi
The Roaming Gnome...Glenn Munro! VRCM/SkyWarn

Published on Feb 14, 2016

Red polypore bracket fungi - Ozarks region, Central Missouri - Winter. Edible, just not 5 star. Starts white grows in rosette form....and turns red. The color red is another fungi that grows on this fungus after it blanches white. Not very tasty, edibility n/a. Can give you a headache, nausea, irritate the bowels and dehydrate you....leaving you feeling like a hang over.

  Trametes cinnabarina + mysterious wood fungi

Published on Nov 25, 2017

Trametes cinnabarina + mysterious wood fungi
Not too sure what the wood fungi with the white outer layer is.

  Trametes cinnabarina - CRVENI RUPIČAR
Nikola Lačković

Published on May 14, 2017

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