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Fungi: Basidiomycota: Agaricomycetes: Polyporales: Polyporaceae: Wolfiporia cocos (F.A.Wolf) Ryvarden & Gilb., 1984

Wolfiporia cocos

Synonyms: Daedalea extensa, Macrohyporia cocos, Macrohyporia extensa, Pachyma cocos, Poria cocos, Sclerotium cocos, Wolfiporia extensa.

Extract from Wikipedia article: Wolfiporia extensa (Peck) Ginns (syn. Poria cocos F.A.Wolf) is a fungus in the family Polyporaceae. It is a wood-decay fungus but has a subterranean growth habit. It is notable in the development of a large, long-lasting underground sclerotium that resembles a small coconut. This sclerotium called "(Chinese) Tuckahoe" or fu-ling(茯苓, pīnyīn: fúlíng), is not the same as the true tuckahoe used as Indian bread by Native Americans, which is the arrow arum, Peltandra virginica, a flowering tuberous plant in the arum family. W. extensa is also used extensively as a medicinal mushroom in Chinese medicine. Indications for use in the traditional Chinese medicine include promoting urination, to invigorate the spleen function (i.e., digestive function), and to calm the mind.

Cantonese: 雲苓, Chinese: 茯苓, French: Pachyme, Japanese: マツホド, Korean: 복령, Persian: فولینگ, Vietnamese: Phục linh.

Photos of this mushroom from East and Central Texas

Sclerotium of a wood-decay fungus Poria Cocos (Wolfiporia extensa) dug out by hogs in a pine forest on Caney Creek section of Lone Star Hiking Trail in Sam Houston National Forest north from Montgomery. Texas, <A HREF="../date-en/2020-04-10.htm">April 10, 2020</A>
LinkSclerotium of a wood-decay fungus Poria Cocos (Wolfiporia extensa) dug out by hogs in a pine forest on Caney Creek section of Lone Star Hiking Trail in Sam Houston National Forest north from Montgomery. Texas, April 10, 2020
Location on mapsLone Star Hiking Trail, Montgomery, TX 77356, USA
Remains of a wood-decay fungus Poria Cocos (Wolfiporia extensa) eaten by hogs on Caney Creek section of Lone Star Hiking Trail in Sam Houston National Forest north from Montgomery. Texas, <A HREF="../date-en/2020-04-10.htm">April 10, 2020</A>
LinkRemains of a wood-decay fungus Poria Cocos (Wolfiporia extensa) eaten by hogs on Caney Creek section of Lone Star Hiking Trail in Sam Houston National Forest north from Montgomery. Texas, April 10, 2020
Location on mapsLone Star Hiking Trail, Montgomery, TX 77356, USA
Dissected fungus Poria Cocos (Wolfiporia extensa) on Caney Creek section of Lone Star Hiking Trail in Sam Houston National Forest north from Montgomery. Texas, <A HREF="../date-en/2020-04-10.htm">April 10, 2020</A>
LinkDissected fungus Poria Cocos (Wolfiporia extensa) on Caney Creek section of Lone Star Hiking Trail in Sam Houston National Forest north from Montgomery. Texas, April 10, 2020
Location on mapsLone Star Hiking Trail, Montgomery, TX 77356, USA
Cross section of sclerotium of a wood-decay fungus Poria Cocos (Wolfiporia extensa) on Caney Creek section of Lone Star Hiking Trail in Sam Houston National Forest north from Montgomery. Texas, <A HREF="../date-en/2020-04-10.htm">April 10, 2020</A>
LinkCross section of sclerotium of a wood-decay fungus Poria Cocos (Wolfiporia extensa) on Caney Creek section of Lone Star Hiking Trail in Sam Houston National Forest north from Montgomery. Texas, April 10, 2020
Location on mapsLone Star Hiking Trail, Montgomery, TX 77356, USA
Fragments of sclerotium of a wood-decay fungus Poria Cocos (Wolfiporia extensa) on Caney Creek section of Lone Star Hiking Trail in Sam Houston National Forest north from Montgomery. Texas, <A HREF="../date-en/2020-04-10.htm">April 10, 2020</A>
LinkFragments of sclerotium of a wood-decay fungus Poria Cocos (Wolfiporia extensa) on Caney Creek section of Lone Star Hiking Trail in Sam Houston National Forest north from Montgomery. Texas, April 10, 2020
Location on mapsLone Star Hiking Trail, Montgomery, TX 77356, USA
Close-up of dissected fungus Poria Cocos (Wolfiporia extensa) on Caney Creek section of Lone Star Hiking Trail in Sam Houston National Forest north from Montgomery. Texas, <A HREF="../date-en/2020-04-10.htm">April 10, 2020</A>
LinkClose-up of dissected fungus Poria Cocos (Wolfiporia extensa) on Caney Creek section of Lone Star Hiking Trail in Sam Houston National Forest north from Montgomery. Texas, April 10, 2020
Location on mapsLone Star Hiking Trail, Montgomery, TX 77356, USA
Sclerotium of a wood-decay fungus Poria Cocos (Wolfiporia extensa) in a shallow pit dug by hogs on Caney Creek section of Lone Star Hiking Trail in Sam Houston National Forest north from Montgomery. Texas, <A HREF="../date-en/2020-04-10.htm">April 10, 2020</A>
LinkSclerotium of a wood-decay fungus Poria Cocos (Wolfiporia extensa) in a shallow pit dug by hogs on Caney Creek section of Lone Star Hiking Trail in Sam Houston National Forest north from Montgomery. Texas, April 10, 2020
Location on mapsLone Star Hiking Trail, Montgomery, TX 77356, USA

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