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Birch Polypore

Piptoporus betulinus


Quite a lot of this around here and a significant proportion of them seemed newly grown ie not rotten. I'm not 100% sure on the ID. Can be used for making paper. Also, from mushroom expert; 'The Tyrolean Ice Man, who was frozen and mummified in the Copper Age, 5000 years ago, had among his possessions a curious pair of hide strips that held pieces of Piptoporus betulinus. Archaeologists speculate that the Ice Man used the birch polypore for medicinal purposes.' . From Wikipedia; 'Piptoporus betulinus has anti-inflammatory compounds and antibacterial properties. Compounds found in the fruit body of the fungus, particularly polyporenic acid, are poisonous to the parasitic whipworm Trichuris trichura.'



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High Peak, England, United Kingdom

Spotted on Dec 8, 2012
Submitted on Dec 17, 2012

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