Observation 62790: Meripilus sumstinei (Murrill) M.J. Larsen & Lombard

When: 2010-08-15

Collection location: Montgomery Co., Maryland, USA [Click for map]

Who: Martin Livezey (MLivezey)

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Growing at the base of an oak tree. The finger-like young growth reminds me of Laetiporus cincinnatus.

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By: Drew Henderson (Hendre17)
2012-03-30 13:08:13 CST (-0500)

Not going to be in the midwest til next summer- but I will let you know for sure when I do :) The blackening activity and overall size was a deterrent for us when we found them… Hoping for the best!

Looks like the weather you’re having will be possibly prompting G.tsugae again soon- look forward to seeing more obs like your riverside hemlock last summer!

I don’t think so.
By: Martin Livezey (MLivezey)
2012-03-30 12:56:24 CST (-0500)

I have seen people nibble them as a way to ID them…and I have read that they can be eaten when young. But the blackening gives me pause. They expand so fast that they look to me that they would normally be watery. Let me know what you think when you take the plunge!

Hey Martin :)
By: Drew Henderson (Hendre17)
2012-03-30 12:18:24 CST (-0500)

We found large clusters of Meripilus sumstinei in Missouri last summer and only later(upon returning to WA state) found out that young specimens were edible. Have you tried cooking these? Our finds were all on the base of quercus as well…

Wondering if these are worthwhile for the table… Great shots as usual!

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