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Wroclaw. A giant flagship. It can weigh up to 50 kilograms

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A giant specimen of the giant flagship has grown in Szczytnicki Park in Wrocław. This parasitic species produces large and heavy fruiting bodies, but they are rarely as large as the Wroclaw one – it can weigh up to 50 kilograms.

Giant flagship (Meripilus giganteus) is one of the most spectacular mushrooms that can be found in Polish parks. Its large, flat caps seem to grow straight out of the ground, creating fan-shaped structures – which is why it is also sometimes called the giant fan moth.

Last chance to see him

An extremely impressive giant flagship recently showed up in Park Szczytnicki in Wrocław. The hats appeared near the old beech. According to Dr. Włodzimierz Kita from the Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences, this specimen is exceptionally large – a group of fruiting bodies can weigh over 50 kilograms.

– Personally, I have not seen such a large flagship yet – he said. He indicated that the fungus appeared two weeks ago, growing very quickly to a spectacular size. “It’s already ripe and will begin to fall apart in a few days,” added the scientist.

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The giant flagship is a parasitic species that was on the list of protected fungi until October 2014. It consists of many caps connected at the base, rosette-shaped or tile-shaped. It grows at the base of various species of deciduous trees, usually on dead trunks, less often as a parasite of living trees. It willingly grows in anthropogenic habitats, including parks, hence it is sometimes called a park mushroom.

Giant flagship (Meripilus giganteus) from WrocławUniversity of Life Sciences in Wroclaw

University of Life Sciences in Wroclaw

Main photo source: University of Life Sciences in Wroclaw

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