Piptoporus betulinus in 3 stadiums. (berkenzwam)

alaskaman53

Joined August 2008

  • Available
    Products
    8
  • Artist
    Notes
  • Artwork Comments 2

Wall Art

Home Decor

Bags

Stationery

Artist's Description

Piptoporus betulinus, commonly known as the birch polypore, birch bracket, or razor strop, is one of the most common polyporous bracket fungi and, as the name suggests, grows almost exclusively on birch trees. The brackets burst out from the bark of the tree, and these fruiting bodies can last for more than a year. Technically, it is an edible mushroom, with a strong, pleasant “mushroomy” odor but a bitter taste. It is said to have medicinal properties, and the velvety cut surface of the fruiting body were used as a strop for finishing the finest of edges on razors. Dried specimens have also been used as tinder, and this fungus was carried by “Ötzi the Iceman” – the 5,000 year old mummy found in Tyrol.1
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

All Products Tags

berkenzwam piptoporus betulinus

Artwork Comments

  • Gilberte
  • alaskaman53
desktop tablet-landscape content-width tablet-portrait workstream-4-across phone-landscape phone-portrait
desktop tablet-landscape content-width tablet-portrait workstream-4-across phone-landscape phone-portrait

10% off

for joining the Redbubble mailing list

Receive exclusive deals and awesome artist news and content right to your inbox. Free for your convenience.