Giant Polypore - Meripilus giganteus

    Description

    Individual caps can be 20 to 80 centimetres across and they rise from a common basal stem. The colour of the cap surface is pale tan to dull chestnut brown in young specimens but darkens with age to show concentric zones of various shades of brown.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    It is often found in large clumps at the base of broadleaved trees, although fruiting bodies are sometimes found some distance away from the trunk, parasitizing the roots.

    When to see it

    Best seen in autumn.

    Life History

    It causes a white rot in various types of broadleaved trees, particularly beech.

    UK Status

    Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map