Giant Meripilus (Meripilus giganteus)
- Department: Basidiomycota (Basidiomycetes)
- Subdivision: Agaricomycotina (Agaricomycetes)
- Class: Agaricomycetes (Agaricomycetes)
- Subclass: Incertae sedis (undefined)
- Order: Polyporales
- Family: Meripilaceae (Meripilaceae)
- Genus: Meripilus (Meripilus)
- Species: Meripilus giganteus (Meripilus giant)
A very beautiful mushroom that usually grows at the roots of deciduous trees.
The fruiting body is made up of numerous caps, which are held at the bottom on one common base.
The caps of the meripilus are very thin; there may be small scales on the surface. It is slightly velvety to the touch. The color range is from a reddish shade to brown and brown. There are also concentric grooves, notches. To the edges, the cap has a wavy shape, while curving slightly.
There are no legs as such, the caps are held on a shapeless base.
The flesh of the mushroom is white, has a slightly sweet taste. When broken in air, it very quickly turns red and then darkens.
Feature – the hats are similar to semicircular plates, they are very tightly packed to one another. In general, the mass of the fruiting body in large specimens of the giant merypilus can reach 25-30 kg.
Spores are white.
The mushroom belongs to the category of edible species, but it is recommended to use only young meripilus for food, since they have soft and tender flesh.
It grows from June to late autumn. Common areas of growth are the roots of deciduous trees (especially beech and oak).
Photo of the mushroom Meripilus giant from the questions in recognition:
2018.08.05 Irina Yuvzhenko 2017.05.24 Dima 2017.09.29 Siegfried 2018.09.09 Elena 2017.09.22 Alexander 2017.02.06 Stanislav