Porcelain fungus (Oudemansiella mucida) grows on dead and diseased trees. Covering vast areas this white fungus is great for the pot.
The cap is porcelain thin and almost transparent with a tough stem (not so good for eating) and a ragged skirt just below the cap. The gills are spread out and continue all the way to the stem. The cap glistens but this is deceptive. A thin layer of slime coats the cap, not a beautiful smooth surface as you would expect! This needs to be removed to make the cooked fungus more edible.
With sunlight above, the caps take on a beautiful ethereal appearance, the gills becoming more pronounced and delicate.
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