Amauroderma rude: Speaking of Large Mushrooms!

Images of the large mushroom. Jeffry Wong Sang, the most active mycologist in Trinidad, is in the lower photo. Photos by Jeffry Wong Sang. Brasso Seco, Arima Valley, Trinidad, May 24, 2016.

Amauroderma rude is a large mushroom native to Australia that occurs also in the Arima Valley of Trinidad. It is presumably the largest mushroom in Trinidad and is found in mesic tropical forests.

A member of the family Ganodermataceae, its extracts have been tested for their effect on growth of breast cancer cells. Results are encouraging – they are very effective in inhibiting these cancer cells’ growth.

For naturalists, it is a thrill to find such large mushrooms.

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