Cryptoporus volvatus – Veiled Polypore

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The Veiled Polypore (Cryptoporus volvatus) is a rare mushroom that grows on conifer trees. The pored surface is “veiled” by a thin, rounded layer of tissue. This allows the spores to pile up in the mushroom. When beetles enter the space, they are dusted with the spores and will therefore carry the spores into the next tree.
The Veiled polypore is sometimes confused for a puffball. Uncovering the pored surface will confirm that it is indeed a polypore.
The Veiled polypore is not palatable due to its corky texture.
Veiled polypores have been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for treating asthma and viruses. There are limited animal studies showing that the Veiled polypore could be useful in the treatment of influenza and allergies.

Written by Amy Demers, founder of the Connecticut Foraging Club. To learn more about foraging in Connecticut, check out our upcoming classes.

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