Chaga

This medicinal mushrooms are known for their immune system boosting properties

Inonotus obliquus

The Mushroom that’s not a Mushroom

Inonotus_obliquus (Wikipedia)

Inonotus obliquus
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I. obliquus
Binomial name
Inonotus obliquus
(Ach. ex Pers.) Pilát (1942)
Synonyms

Boletus obliquus Ach. ex Pers. (1801)
Polyporus obliquus (Ach. ex Pers.) Fr. (1821)
Physisporus obliquus (Ach. ex Pers.) Chevall. (1826)
Poria obliqua (Ach. ex Pers.) P.Karst. (1881)
Fomes obliquus (Ach. ex Pers.) Cooke (1885)
Phaeoporus obliquus (Ach. ex Pers.) J.Schröt. (1888)
Mucronoporus obliqua (Ach. ex Pers.) Ellis & Everh. (1889)
Scindalma obliquum (Ach. ex Pers.) Kuntze (1898)
Phellinus obliquus (Ach. ex Pers.) Pat. (1900)
Xanthochrous obliquus (Ach. ex Pers.) Bourdot & Galzin (1928)
Fuscoporia obliqua (Ach. ex Pers.) Aoshima (1951)

Inonotus Obliquus
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smooth hymenium
no distinct cap
hymenium attachment is not applicable
lacks a stipe
ecology is parasitic
edibility: not recommended
Chaga chunks

Inonotus obliquus, commonly known as chaga (a Latinisation of the Russian word чага), is a fungus in the family Hymenochaetaceae. It is parasitic on birch and other trees. The sterile conk is irregularly formed and has the appearance of burnt charcoal. It is not the fruiting body of the fungus, but a sclerotium or mass of mycelium, mostly black because of the presence of massive amounts of melanin. Some people consider chaga to be medicinal.

I. obliquus is found most commonly in the Circumboreal Region of the Northern Hemisphere, where it is distributed in birch forests.

Chaga (Wiktionary)

English

Etymology

Borrowed from Russian ча́га (čága).

Noun

chaga (uncountable)

  1. A parasitic fungus of trees, usually birch, found on the circumboreal region of the Northern hemisphere, Inonotus obliquus.
  2. The irregular conk of this fungus, used in East European folk medicine to treat a number of conditions.

Synonyms

  • (Inonotus obliquus): chaga mushroom

Translations

Further reading

  • Inonotus obliquus on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
  • Inonotus obliquus on Wikispecies.Wikispecies
  • Inonotus obliquus on Wikimedia Commons.Wikimedia Commons
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