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Fungi: Basidiomycota: Agaricomycetes: Hymenochaetales: Hymenochaetaceae: Inonotus obliquus (Ach. ex Pers.) Pilát, 1942

Inonotus obliquus – Chaga

Synonyms: Boletus obliquus, Fomes igniarius, Fomes obliquus, Fuscoporia obliqua, Mucronoporus obliqua, Phaeoporus obliquus, Phellinus obliquus, Physisporus obliquus, Polyporus obliquus, Poria obliqua, Scindalma obliquum, Xanthochrous obliquus.

Common name: chaga.

Russian names: Trutovik skoshennyy, Beriozovyy grib, Chaga, Drevesnyy grib, Chiornyy grib, Trutovik kosotrubchatyy, Chiornyy beriozovyy grib, Chaga (grib).

Extract from Wikipedia article: Inonotus obliquus, commonly known as chaga mushroom (a Latinisation of the Russian term 'чага'), is a fungus in the family Hymenochaetaceae. It is parasitic on birch and other trees. The sterile conk is irregularly formed and has the appearance of burnt charcoal. It is not the fruiting body of the fungus, but a sclerotia or mass of mycelium, mostly black because of the presence of massive amounts of melanin. The fertile fruiting body can be found very rarely as a resupinate (crustose) fungus on or near the clinker, usually appearing after the host tree is dead. I. obliquus grows in birch forests of Russia, Korea, Eastern and Northern Europe, northern areas of the United States, Alaska, in the North Carolina mountains and in Canada.

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

Cinnamon texture of Chaga mushroom (<B>Inonotus obliquus</B>) taken from a birch tree in Yuntolovsky Park. Saint Petersburg, Russia, <A HREF="../date-en/2017-02-23.htm">February 23, 2017</A>
LinkCinnamon texture of Chaga mushroom (Inonotus obliquus) taken from a birch tree in Yuntolovsky Park. Saint Petersburg, Russia, February 23, 2017
Black tissue of Chaga mushroom (<B>Inonotus obliquus</B>) on a birch tree in Botanic Gardens of Komarov Botanical Institute. Saint Petersburg, Russia, <A HREF="../date-en/2017-03-02.htm">March 2, 2017</A>
LinkBlack tissue of Chaga mushroom (Inonotus obliquus) on a birch tree in Botanic Gardens of Komarov Botanical Institute. Saint Petersburg, Russia, March 2, 2017
Chaga mushroom (<B>Inonotus obliquus</B>) on a birch tree in Botanic Gardens of Komarov Botanical Institute. Saint Petersburg, Russia, <A HREF="../date-en/2017-03-02.htm">March 2, 2017</A>
LinkChaga mushroom (Inonotus obliquus) on a birch tree in Botanic Gardens of Komarov Botanical Institute. Saint Petersburg, Russia, March 2, 2017
Chaga (<B>Inonotus obliquus</B>) on a birch behind a shooting range in Sosnovka Park. Saint Petersburg, Russia, <A HREF="../date-en/2017-09-04.htm">September 4, 2017</A>
LinkChaga (Inonotus obliquus) on a birch behind a shooting range in Sosnovka Park. Saint Petersburg, Russia, September 4, 2017
Location on mapsСанкт-Петербург, парк Сосновка
Texture of chaga (<B>Inonotus obliquus</B>) on a birch behind a shooting range in Sosnovka Park. Saint Petersburg, Russia, <A HREF="../date-en/2017-09-04.htm">September 4, 2017</A>
LinkTexture of chaga (Inonotus obliquus) on a birch behind a shooting range in Sosnovka Park. Saint Petersburg, Russia, September 4, 2017
Location on mapsСанкт-Петербург, парк Сосновка

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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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