chocolate polypore

Edwin Hutton e.hutton at
Sat Jan 20 09:01:27 EST 2001

t wrote:
> i am excited that i may have found a new polypore.
> it is similar to the reishi.
> Found in Dallas, Texas woodlands at the base of living tree.Mid -January
> after several snows and thaws.
> 2 specimens growing side by side both solid dark brown 4.5in. and 2.5
> diameters ( can you assess age?)
> the hard (cuticle?) top is dark chocolate brown with almost no color
> variations (striations) in rings of growth
> certainly NOT lighter at the rim like i've seen on reishi
> the smaller one is ear shaped and the lager one has wrapped around to
> overlap/fuse and form a circle(or heart shape)
> 2 inch long hard-woody chocolate brown stem-(stipe?) with a golden inner
> layer and dark brown center
> the underside is velvety dark,dark brown and a few tiny holes have opened up
> the smell is sweet and fresh and
> (perhaps i'm foolish but  polypores are not generally poisonous and i
> thought it was reishi at first ) the taste of the juicy soft underside is
> mild and sweet (absolutely NOT bitter) and the tiniest amount (approx 2 cm
> square),which is all i've dared to try, appears to have mild psychoactive
> effects lasting 2 to 3 days (feeling of well being, even mild trippyness)
> and apparently some effect on the liver (hopefully  cleansing not
> degenerative)  It is so potent that handling and smelling it seems to have
> an effect.
> If this is characteristic of reishi I would be surprised and delighted that
> i have found a jewel.
> If not please let me know what you think.
> i am aware of the groundbreaking medicinal value of polypores and i hope
> this find might contribute.
> I am especially hoping you can direct me to an expert in the dallas/ft worth
> area that can help with identification as i am sure you could not commit
> without a spore print
> also could you please include a short list of possible species or genus
> matches to narrow my search
> Thank you for your time
> I respect and admire your work
> ---

This fungus sounds rather like Ganoderma Lucidum, though I am
not sure about the edibility of the underside.

Edwin Hutton

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