THE BLEEDING FUNGUS (Hydnellum Peckii)

Originally posted 2018-10-31 05:01:01.

Hydnellum Peckii

SCIENTIFIC CLASSIFICATION 

Kingdom: fungi
Division: Basidiomycota
Class: Agaricomycetes
Order: Thelephorales
Family: Bankeraceae
Genus: Hydnellum
Specie: Hydnellum peckii
The Bleeding  fungus (hydnellum peckii) was first described in 1912 by American mycologist Howard James Banker (1866-1940), who gave it it’s present name.

Hydnellum Peckii  is found in North America, Europe, Iran and South Korea.  Hydnellum, the generic name is derived from the ancient Greek word hudnon, meaning an edible mushroom.
The fungus grows among pine needle littor and mosses at the base of coniferous trees, the Fungus has a symbiotic relationship with the coniferous trees amongst whose roots it is located.
The Hydnellum peckii discharges a ruby-red fluid through the pores. The red liquid sap of the plant is caused by a process called guttation. When the soil surrounding the fungus becomes wet, it forces water into the roots through the process of osmosis, this creates pressure throughout the organism which eventually builds up enough to force liquid to the surface of the fungus.
The bleeding tooth fungus is not a toxic, but it tastes so bitter, however it is used by natural dyers who dry it and use it to create dyes.

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* Scientists have found that extracts from the bleeding tooth fungus contains the chemical compound atromentin, which can be used as an anticoagulant to prevent blood clotting.

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