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    Laetiporus portentosus (white punk fungus)

    Botanical Name: Laetiporus portentosus

    Common Name: white punk fungus

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    Habitat A bracket fungus which grows on eucalypt trees

    Distribution: South Eastern Australia - Tas, Vic and NSW in eucalypt forests, possibly into QLD too ?

    Field Notes:
    See also:
    http://bushcraftoz.com/forums/showth...0684#post50684

    This fungus is very distinct because the fungus becomes riddled with holes, eaten into it by the larvae of … (a small, black moth, I think – there were some remains inside some of the “tunnels”).

    This causes the fungi to look like a piece of sponge, and when dry it is very light – like a piece of polystyrene.

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    Uses:
    The fungi is reportedly edible, and was used as a food by Aboriginal people; and as a medium to transport fire.
    This species is realted to another species Laetiporus sulphureus which is commonly known as chicken of the woods, the chicken mushroom, or the chicken fungus, beause thay are said to taste like chicken - note this is NOT that particular species.

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    That's cool, haven't seen anything like it before...

    I probably would have said "wasps nest" from a distance

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    Its not clear from the photos, but the fungi starts off being nice and "smooth", its the larvae who create the tunnels.

    The specimen growing on the tree still had a smooth top and was only eaten on the underside, it was probably still alive. The piece which I picked up was completely tunneled through and was dead.

    Worth keeping an eye out for it when you're in the bush. It does look a bit like a wasp nest

    Here's a wasp's nest:
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    I too have recently found one of these, for scale the knife is 22.5cm long, thankx for the ID Aussie123


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    Good find. There is no question once you find it is there ?

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    nope and now that I've found one I keep seeing them which is a good thing

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    I found some in perth as well

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pyromage View Post
    I found some in perth as well
    Excellent. Good to know it grows in Perth region too.

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