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Birch polypore

Piptoporus betulinus


One of the most common polyporous bracket fungi and, as the name suggests, it grows almost exclusively on birch trees. The brackets burst out from the bark of the tree, and these fruiting bodies can last for more than a year. Technically, it is an edible mushroom, with a strong, pleasant "mushroomy" odor but a bitter taste. It is said to have medicinal properties, and the velvety cut surface of the fruiting body were used as a strop for finishing the finest of edges on razors. Dried specimens have also been used as tinder, and this fungus was carried by "Ötzi the Iceman" – the 5,000 year old mummy found in Tyrol.


Woods behind my UK home.

1 Species ID Suggestions

LarsKorb 9 years ago
Birch Polypore
Piptoporus betulinus

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KarenL 9 years ago

Thank you Vee!

Veetorious 9 years ago

I absolutely LOVE the first shot especially!! The white birch and the colours of the leaves all around... so picturesque!! : )

KarenL 9 years ago

Thanks Trish!

TrishPeake 9 years ago

thats a beautiful photo !

KarenL 9 years ago

Thanks everyone for your kind comments!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

Stunning composition.

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 9 years ago

Seen again now, this is a striking photo!

DoraAnderson 9 years ago

This is a beautiful shot! Wow!

KarenL 9 years ago

Thanks again Lars!

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Surrey Heath, England, United Kingdom

Spotted on Nov 16, 2011
Submitted on Nov 16, 2011

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