We haven't had rain since early September. So finding new mushrooms for the blog hasn't been easy. But I did find these dried out White Cheese Polypores, Tyromyces chioneus. These can grow up to 10 cm wide. They are stemless and have irregular, azonate caps. The upper surface is often velvety. The pores are angular to circular, 3-5 per mm. It is saprotrophic on dead hardwood and is easily removed from the substrate. When fresh, it's fragrant and soggy and you can squeeze water out of it. It dries corky. Negative reaction in KOH. Tyromyces means "cheesy," and chioneus means "snow white." Compare with Sprague's Polypore.
Here you will find a record of my forays into the woods looking for mushrooms. If you're interested in what kinds of mushrooms grow in south central Illinois and when they grow, then please join me.