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Doesn't exactly line up with what a chaga should look like but I can't find anything else that comes close. 

Unlike a typical chaga it only has the rough exterior on one side and it's very hard but I found it on a tree that was cut down within the last few months so maybe it's just dried out already?! Not sure of the tree specie but I know it wasn't a birch. 20220321_175503.thumb.jpg.dfc618d63b3edcc7d977e0d9c659542a.jpg20220321_175514.thumb.jpg.ab2db5d63f66272f96c511040bb8b527.jpg20220321_175456.thumb.jpg.d1178ef58f73b7d198eaccbb5b9026eb.jpg

Found in the mtns along the north and south carolina state line

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Well I've narrowed it down to the Phellinus genus but I'm still no closer to figuring out what variety it is. Any help is greatly appreciated. I'm a hippie dippie , medicine man type guy so I like to know exactly what I have for future reference and also to know if theres anything that's stands out medicinally/therapeutically. If it helps, it's has a great, unique smell. Upfront it's earthy(as expected) but it has a feint smell of vanilla and spearmint. 

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Yup, Phellinus or a related genus. Maybe P. robiniae  http://www.mushroomexpert.com/phellinus_robiniae.html  . P. tremulae also looks like a possibility. Knowing the type of tree is usually helpful for IDing species of Phellinus. 

I have read reports that say Chaga "usually grows on birch". But I have never seen a confirmed occurrence on anything other than birch.  I have only ever seen what I can confidently call Inonotus obliquus on birch.  I once found something similar on oak, a mystery of sorts  https://mushroomobserver.org/331170?q=1mchy . 

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