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Meripilus giganteus - Giant polypore
Meripilus giganteus - Giant polypore
Description
  • Cluster of overlapping fronds, brownish/yellow. White pores under surface which bruises black.
Host Species
  • Beech mainly, but also Oak, Birch & London Plane
Mode Of Decay Significance
  • Strong chance of Windthrow, though some trees show ability to survive for many years with it.
Distribution
  • Europe/North America
Notes
  • Commonly at the base of trees, but can also be found further out on the roots



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M. giganteus - taken by D Humphries M. giganteus on Beech - taken by D Humphries M. giganteus on windthrown Beech in Spain  - taken by D humphries M. giganteus on Hornbeam stump - taken by D Humphries M. giganteus on Beech - taken by D humphries M. giganteus on Beech - taken by D humphries M. giganteus - taken by D Humphries M. giganteus on Beech - taken by D Humphries M. giganteus on Vet Beech root plate - taken by D Humphries M. giganteus - taken by D Humphries M. giganteus on Ash - taken by D Humphries M. giganteus on Beech - taken by D Humphries M. giganteus on Beech- taken by D Humphries M. giganteus on Plane - taken by D Humphries M. giganteus on Plane - taken by D Humphries M. giganteus on Plane - taken by D Humphries
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Comments
Author Comment Date
David Humphries Hello Paul,

Sorry, nothing more than Mr JFL's monograph on the species which is quite old now.

http://www.flac.uk.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/Monograph-on-Meripilus-giganteus.pdf

My own personal view is that it is capable of being both a biotrophic and necrotrophic fungi.
This is not backed up scientifically ofcourse.

regards

David
25-09-15
Paul Barton Hi David! Have you any info on the possibility of a second species of Meripilus, as suggested by JFL? And if so, are there any tell-tale differences in identifying them? 24-09-15
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