What kind of fungus growing on this small Live Oak tree branch is this?
Or is there a Fungus subforum here?
Phellinus, looks similar and is a Sabprobic meaning it decays already dead wood.
Interesting, if it is, it could be a very medicinal mushroom..
"Mesima is a highly respected medicinal mushroom used most commonly in Japan, Korea, and China for centuries to prevent ailments as diverse as gastroenteric dysfunction, diarrhea, hemorrhage, rheumatoid arthritis, allergies, and a variety of cancers. Recently Identified as having the highest anti-tumor activity of the group of mushrooms containing most of the medicinal species"
"Mounting evidence from different research groups has shown that PL induces apoptosis in a host of murine and human carcinomas without causing any measurable toxic effects to their normal counterparts. Recently, research has been focused on the anti-tumor effect of PL, and in particular, on its ability to enhance some conventional chemotherapeutic drugs. These studies suggest PL to be a promising candidate as an alternative anticancer agent or a synergizer for existing antitumor drugs. Hereinafter, we summarize the present progress in elucidating the mechanisms underlying the potency of PL and its anti-tumor function. The fractionation and identification of the biologically active components from PL are also briefly introduced."
"Health Benefits of Phellinus Linteus
Here is a link that might be useful: Phellinus Linteus (Mesima, Meshimakobu, Song-Gen, Sang-Hwang)
Ours would likely have different properties from the Asian species?