North climacodon

North climacodon (Climacodon septentrionalis) North climacodon (Climacodon septentrionalis) North climacodon (Climacodon septentrionalis)

North climacodon (Climacodon septentrionalis)

Systematics:

  • Department: Basidiomycota (Basidiomycetes)
  • Subdivision: Agaricomycotina (Agaricomycetes)
  • Class: Agaricomycetes (Agaricomycetes)
  • Subclass: Incertae sedis (undefined)
  • Order: Polyporales
  • Family: Phanerochaetaceae (Phanerochaetaceae)
  • Genus: Climacodon (climacodon)
  • Species: Climacodon septentrionalis (Northern climacodon)

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Hericum northern

North climacodon Fruit body: Northern climacodon consists of large leafy or lingual caps that grow together at the base and form large 'whatnots'. The diameter of each cap is 10-30 cm, the thickness at the base is 3-5 cm. Color is grayish-yellowish, light; with age, it can fade to whitish or, on the contrary, turn green from mold. The edges of the caps are wavy, in young specimens they can be strongly curved downward; the surface is smooth or somewhat pubescent. The flesh is light, leathery, thick, very firm, with a noticeable odor, defined by many as 'unpleasant'.

Hymenophore: Spiny; spines are frequent, thin and long (up to 2 cm), soft, rather brittle, white in young mushrooms, with age, like the cap, change color.

Spore powder: White.

Distribution: Occurs from mid-July in forests of various types, affecting weakened deciduous trees. Annual fruiting bodies can survive until autumn, but in the end, as a rule, they are swallowed up by insects. The aggregates of the northern climacodon can reach very impressive volumes – up to 30 kg.

Similar species: If you remember about the spiny hymenophore and neat tiled growth, Climacodon septentrionalis is difficult to confuse with something. In the literature, you can find references to the rare Creopholus cirrhatus, which is smaller and does not look so correct.

Edible: Inedible mushroom due to its firm consistency

Notes: Like most tinder fungi, I have nothing to say about the northern climacodon. And not for me alone – despite the fact that Climacodon septentrionalis is considered a dangerous parasite of the forest, there is very little information about it and about all its genus. But he is even handsome – how beautiful a white bookcase can be on a crooked mossy birch.

North climacodon (Climacodon septentrionalis) North climacodon (Climacodon septentrionalis) North climacodon (Climacodon septentrionalis)

Photo of the northern climacodon mushroom from the questions in recognition:

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