Bondarzewia montana (Quél.) Singer
Family: Bondarzewiaceae
Kou Shamong
Bondarzewia montana image
National Mushroom Centre  
Mata, M., D. Penjor and S. Pradham. 2010. Fungi of Bhutan. National Mushroom Centre, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, Thimphu, Bhutan.

Local name: Kou Shamong

Edibility: Edible

Habitat: Solitary or gregariously and terrestrial.

Description: Fruiting Bodies: 20-30 cm across, consisting of one to five caps arising from a single gnarled stem. Cap: 5-20 cm across, kidney-shaped or irregular in outline, loosely convex, flat, or with a central depression, dry, velvety or leathery, sometimes radically wrinkled, semi-concentric zones on the cap. Whitish to cream coloured or pale tan and it does not bruise. Hymenophore: Decurrent pores, whitish, bruising very faintly brownish pores, angular, 0.5-2 mm across, tubes to 1 cm deep. Stem: 4-8 cm tall, 3-5 cm wide, central or somewhat off-centred, yellowish to pale brownish, dry and tough. Flesh: White and thick, not bruising. Spore Print: White.

Comments: It is easy to identify due to its white pores and their unique structure. There is no very close resemblance to this mushroom but since it is edible, consumers have to be sure of the identification before taking home.