Laetiporus portentosus (pūtawa) is a large bracket fungus native to New Zealand, typically found in native forest on trunks of beech trees. Māori used the dried fungus as a means to make and transport fire, and it was also used medicinally to treat wounds, and in childbirth.
This example was observed in native forest at Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve.
Location: Latitude: -41.307968 Longitude: 173.550293"
Photographer: Christopher Cookson