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  • Bonnie Koenig

    Laricifomes officinalis is a wood-decay fungus in the order Polyporales. This species can reach great dimensions and bears fruit in the form of columns. Lacriformes grows on wood, primarily coniferous trees and has a very bitter taste which makes it inedible.

  • Troy Monger

    The ghosts bread sitting in a tree This photo was taken during a trip to British Columbia (Canada) from mycologist Paul Stamets Laricifomes seeking officinalis.

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