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White Punk

Laetiporus portentosus

Description:

A Polypore Fungi. Polyporales (earlier known as Aphyllophorales) are basidiomycetes that lack soft gills (lamellae). They are known generally as Polypores. One of the major families is the Polyporaceae, a group of tough, leathery fungi. Polypores are usually wood-rotters. Reportedly used by Aborigines as a smouldering agent (meaning of word "punk") for transport of fire.

Habitat:

This specimen was located by the side of a dirt track, attached to what appeared to be a large cut tree branch or railway sleeper. Spotted in the Brisbane Botanical Gardens at Mt. Coot-Tha.

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Neil Ross
Neil Ross 7 years ago

Mark, you are the man!!! Cheers for the ID. I've had a look at the blogs and a few pics, and they look pretty spot-on. Great resources you're using. I'll try and ID a few of my other spottings now... and may even find out what my golden top mushroom is. Thanks for your assistance.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

I would still go with Laetiporus portentosus Neil. Commonly called the White Punk. http://www.anbg.gov.au/fungi/aboriginal....

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

Good... focussing on Oz species then... needing sleep now though... tomorrow.

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 7 years ago

I don't recall pines as such, only native trees. Closest were Wollemi Pines (which is why I was there) and Wattle trees. Mostly eucalypts around.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

Fairly small then.. my link was like a couple of footballs! One thing we've learned with fungi is the good info is underneath. Some fungi nuts carry a small mirror to snap cap, gills, pores, stems in one shot... not us of course :) I'll look again with that pore shot - the pores look quite big. It looks like it might be on pine? (some needles around maybe?)

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 7 years ago

Thanks Mark. I've just uploaded another photo that shows the pores more clearly (2nd pic).The larger of the two specimens was probably 10-12 cms x 04-06 cms. A decent size. The colour of the pores was white to pale grey. I'm not a fungi fellow so find these quite frustrating to identify. hmmmm

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

Lovely clean specimens. How big do you reckon? Can you zoom into the pores? Might be like this one although there's a yellow tint on the pore surface and it's on a live tree (temporarily?) http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/115...

Neil Ross
Spotted by
Neil Ross

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Spotted on Jun 20, 2013
Submitted on Jun 21, 2013

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