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BRACKET FUNGUS
Pleurotus purpureo-olivaceus (Bracket fungi)  or shelf fungi, among many groups of the fungi in the phylum Basidiomycota. Characteristically, they produce shelf- or bracket-shaped fruiting bodies called conks that lie in a close planar grouping of separate or interconnected horizontal rows. Brackets can range from only a single row of a few caps, to dozens of rows of caps that can weigh several hundred pounds and are mainly found on trees, and resemble mushrooms.