Thursday, February 24, 2011

Late Winter Finds - Daedalea quercina

This thick-bodied polypore is common on oak stumps. The pore surface develops into a labyrinthine, maze-like structure which can look very strange. No value as an edible, but it contains compounds that have an anti-inflammatory effect. If you are familiar with the work of artist, Rodger Dean, you can't help but think this mushroom may have provided inspiration.

Daedalea quercina, Thick-maze Oak Polypore

 Artwork by Rodger Dean showing possible inspiration from Daedalea fungus.
Detail from Rodger Deans' "Arrival," included in the album "Yessongs," by Yes

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