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Fungi Pleurotus tuber-regium

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Botanical Name: Pleurotus tuber-regium

Habitat appears to grow from soil, but is probably attached to well-rotted underground wood. Mainly associated with Auraucaria forests and plantations

Distribution: Australia, Africa

Field Notes: It has been shown to be a distinct species incapable of cross-breeding and phylogenetically removed from other species of Pleurotus

Cap description: funnel shaped, 30 – 250 mm diameter. Surface dry, felted in appearance, beige-brown, greyish brown or ochraceous. Cap margin distinctly inrolled.

Gill description: decurrent and extending well down onto stem, crowded, narrow, whitish-cream.

Stem description: cylindrical, sturdy, 30 - 150 × 7 - 35 mm.

Spore print colour: White

Uses: In Africa used as food and medicinal mushroom, no records in Australia I know.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pleurotus_tuber-regium

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