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This page is used to feature mushrooms that are prevalent for the particular time of the year or, during the winter months, to feature some of the less desirable or hard to find mushrooms. To see some of our previous stars follow this link to an index of previously featured mushrooms.

                February's Mushroom of the Month

Tyromyces chioneus:the White Cheese Poypore

 Photo Credit: James K. Lindsey

This soft, white bracket-shaped polypore is quite common.  Although it is a fleshy polypore with a fragrant odor, it tastes like soap and thus is not edible.  This is a very common polypore in both summer and fall in Michigan

The soft watery, hairy to smooth cap ranges from ½ to 4 inches (1.25 to 10  cm.) wide and ¾ to 3 inches (1.875 to 7.5 cm.) wide.  The white, watery flesh ranges from ½ to 1 ½ inches (1.25 to 3.75 cm.) thick. Fresh specimens are white and watery yellowing with age.  The caps are smooth to slightly hairy or even slightly warty.  The odor is quite fragrant, a distinguishing feature that helps to identify this polypore from other white members of the genus Tyromyces.  The white pores that yellow with age are circular to angular with age.  The stemless mushrooms grow predominantly on dead hardwood though occasionally they can be found on dead conifers.  The season is July through November.  The spore print is white.

Photo Credit: James K. Lindsey