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Polyporus umbellatus is a rare, edible species of mushroom, found growing on roots of old beeches or oak.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Description

The fruiting body is composed of numerous (sometimes several hundred) caps. They are 1–4 cm in diameter, deeply umbilicate, light brown, and form the extremities of a strong, many branched stock. The compound fungus can be up to 40 cm in diameter. The pores are narrow and white. The stock is whitish grey, and originates from a strong, tuber like nodule that is underground. The flesh is white, rather soft when young, although hardens with age.

Bioactive compounds

Polyporus umbellatus may contain bioactive compounds with immunostimulating, anticancer, anti-inflammatory, and hepatoprotective properties

Written on February 9th, 2012 , Botany, Mycology Tags: , ,

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