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Birch polypore

Piptoporus betulinus

Description:

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.

Habitat:

Woods behind my UK home.


1 Species ID Suggestions

LarsKorb
LarsKorb 7 years ago
Birch Polypore
Piptoporus betulinus


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9 Comments

KarenL
KarenL 7 years ago

Thank you Vee!

Veetorious
Veetorious 7 years ago

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

KarenL
KarenL 7 years ago

Thanks Trish!

TrishPeake
TrishPeake 7 years ago

thats a beautiful photo !

KarenL
KarenL 7 years ago

Thanks everyone for your kind comments!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

Stunning composition.

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 7 years ago

Seen again now, this is a striking photo!

DoraAnderson
DoraAnderson 7 years ago

This is a beautiful shot! Wow!

KarenL
KarenL 7 years ago

Thanks again Lars!

KarenL
Spotted by
KarenL

Surrey Heath, England, United Kingdom

Lat: 51.36, Long: -0.65

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

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