Inonotus obliquuis

Inonotus glomeratus_1458

Inonotus obliquuis (Ach. ex Pers.) Pilat 1942

Obliquuis” means “slanting sideways”. “Chaga”  Parasitic on birch and other hardwoods. Inonotus obliquus forms a sterile, irregularly-shaped growth or ‘clinker’ on that appears primarily on birch that is infused with black mycelium so that it looks like burnt charcoal. The actual fruiting body is rarely seen and consist of a resupinate fungus that typically doesn’t appear until the tree is dead. It is a white rotter of birch heart wood. It is in the Hymenochaetaceae family of the Hymenochaetales order.

Inonotus obliquus 1562

Inonotus obliquuis (Chaga)

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