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Polyporus Sulphureus

Polyporus sulphureus

Polyporus sulphureus is an edible fleshy form. It grows in clusters, the stemless caps often five or six inches broad and overlapping. The colour of the young cap is yellowish red or pale orange, with the margin wavy, and of a beautiful yellow. It is soft and juicy, and often -when cut- exudes a yellow juice.

The plants may be found on the dead wood of trees during showery weather from May to October. The mature plants become dry and crumbling, and as they dry they lose their attractive colours. They exhibit phosphorescence in early stages of decay. The tubes are minute and short and of a bright sulphur colour. Only the young plants should be used for food.