|Dendropolyporus umbellatus (Pers.) Jülich|
The fruiting body is a shrub of umbrella-shaped caps (1 to 6 cm wide), connected together by a thick central stem, red-brown, branched like a cauliflower, each branchlet ending with small umbrella-like grey to tawny-brown slightly depressed caps with a wavy margin.The flesh is white, soft; its taste is pleasant to very slightly acrid; the odour is mild, or mealy. The fertile surface is made of pores, under the caps. The spore print is white.
It grows on wood or on the ground, in broad-leaved forests, on buried roots of stumps or weakened trees, on a rather calcareous soil, mostly with oaks, also with beech, hornbeam, maple trees. The fruiting period takes place from June to December.
Distinctive features : numerous grey-brown to ochraceous caps, umbrella-shaped and wavy, whose stems emerge from a thick branching trunk; short tubes, thin pored; close to deciduous trees
Dendropolyporus umbellatus is rare and confined in the forest of Rambouillet, and is quite rare, more generally speaking .
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