Meripilus giganteus

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Meripilus giganteus

15 September 2010 West Sussex. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Common Name

Giant Polypore

Fruiting Body

Rosette like, upper surface zoned, fibrous, yellowish brown, underside whitish to pale yellow, 3 to 5 pores per mm, to about 1 m across

Flesh

Soft, fibrous, white

Smell

Indistinct

Taste

Slightly acidic

Season

Summer to autumn

Distribution

Frequent

Habitat

At the base of deciduous trees, sometimes from buried roots, favouring beech

Spore Print

White

Microscopic Features

Spores ellipsoidal, smooth (5.5-7.5) x (4.5-6)

Edibility

Inedible

Notes

This fungus is easily recognised by its large size

Additional Photographs

Meripilus giganteus

26 August 2006 Buckinghamshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin