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Fungi: Basidiomycota: Agaricomycetes: Polyporales: Fomitopsidaceae: Fomitopsis betulina (Bull.) B.K. Cui, M.L. Han & Y.C. Dai 2016

Fomitopsis betulina – Birch polypore

Synonyms: Agarico-pulpa pseudoagaricon, Boletus betulinus, Boletus suberosus, Fomes betulinus, Piptoporus betulinus, Placodes betulinus, Polyporus betulinus, Ungularia betulina, Ungulina betulina.

Common names: birch polypore, razorstrop fungus.

Russian names: Trutovik beriozovyy, Piptoporus berezovyy, Berezovaya gubka.

Extract from Wikipedia article: Fomitopsis betulina (previously Piptoporus betulinus), commonly known as the birch polypore, birch bracket, or razor strop, is a common bracket fungus and, as the name suggests, grows almost exclusively on birch trees. The brackets burst out from the bark of the tree, and these fruit bodies can last for more than a year. Technically, it is an edible mushroom, with a strong, pleasant "mushroomy" odor but a bitter taste. The velvety cut surface of the fruit body was traditionally used as a strop for finishing the edges on razors, and also as a mounting material for insect collections.

Photos of this mushroom from the area of St. Petersburg, Russia

Birch polypore mushroom Piptoporus betulinus (bracket fungus <B>Fomitopsis betulina</B>, Russian name Trutovik) in Sosnovka Park. Saint Petersburg, Russia, <A HREF="../date-en/2016-08-25.htm">August 25, 2016</A>
LinkBirch polypore mushroom Piptoporus betulinus (bracket fungus Fomitopsis betulina, Russian name Trutovik) in Sosnovka Park. Saint Petersburg, Russia, August 25, 2016
Birch polypore mushroom Piptoporus betulinus (bracket fungus <B>Fomitopsis betulina</B>, Russian name Trutovik) in Oselki, south from Saint Petersburg, Russia, <A HREF="../date-en/2016-08-29.htm">August 29, 2016</A>
LinkBirch polypore mushroom Piptoporus betulinus (bracket fungus Fomitopsis betulina, Russian name Trutovik) in Oselki, south from Saint Petersburg, Russia, August 29, 2016
Location on mapsЛенинградская область, Всеволожский район, Лесколовское сельское поселение
Birch polypore mushroom <B>Fomitopsis betulina</B> (Piptoporus betulinus) in area of Dibuny - Pesochny near Saint Petersburg. Russia, <A HREF="../date-en/2017-03-04.htm">March 4, 2017</A>
LinkBirch polypore mushroom Fomitopsis betulina (Piptoporus betulinus) in area of Dibuny - Pesochny near Saint Petersburg. Russia, March 4, 2017
Location on mapsСанкт-Петербург, Курортный район, посёлок Песочный
Birch polypore mushroom <B>Fomitopsis betulina</B> (Piptoporus betulinus) in Sosnovka Park. Saint Petersburg, Russia, <A HREF="../date-en/2017-03-20.htm">March 20, 2017</A>
LinkBirch polypore mushroom Fomitopsis betulina (Piptoporus betulinus) in Sosnovka Park. Saint Petersburg, Russia, March 20, 2017
Location on mapsСанкт-Петербург, парк Сосновка
Birch polypore mushroom Piptoporus betulinus (bracket fungus <B>Fomitopsis betulina</B>) in area of Blizhnie Dubki near Lisiy Nos, west from Saint Petersburg. Russia, <A HREF="../date-en/2017-04-07.htm">April 7, 2017</A>
LinkBirch polypore mushroom Piptoporus betulinus (bracket fungus Fomitopsis betulina) in area of Blizhnie Dubki near Lisiy Nos, west from Saint Petersburg. Russia, April 7, 2017
Location on mapsСанкт-Петербург, поселок Лисий Нос

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Acknowledgements

Russian web-forums Planeta Gribov, V Kontakte, and Griby Sredney Polosy for learning names of local mushrooms.

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