[Daily article] December 20: Albatrellus subrubescens Published On

Albatrellus subrubescens is a species of polypore fungus in the family
Albatrellaceae. The fruit bodies (mushrooms) of the fungus have whitish
to pale buff-colored caps that can reach up to 14.5 cm (5.7 in) in
diameter, and stems up to 7 cm (2.8 in) long and 2 cm (0.8 in)
thick. On the underside of the caps are tiny light yellow to pale
greenish-yellow pores, the site of spore production. When the fruit
bodies are fresh, the cap and pores stain yellow where exposed, handled,
or bruised. The species is found in Asia, Europe, and North America,
where it grows on the ground in deciduous or mixed woods, usually in
association with pine trees. It is closely related, and physically
similar, to the more common Albatrellus ovinus, from which it may be
distinguished macroscopically by differences in the color when bruised,
and microscopically by the amyloid (staining bluish-black to black with
Melzer's reagent) walls of the spores. The fruit bodies of
A. subrubescens contain scutigeral, a bioactive chemical that has
antibiotic activity. A. subrubescens mushrooms are mildly poisonous,
and consuming them will result in a short-term gastrointestinal illness.

Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albatrellus_subrubescens>

Today's selected anniversaries:


South Carolina became the first of eleven slave states to
secede from the United States, leading to the eventual creation of the
Confederate States of America and later the American Civil War.


Cardiff (Cardiff City Hall pictured) was proclaimed as the
capital of Wales.


The deadliest peacetime maritime disaster in history occurred
when the MV Doña Paz sank after colliding with an oil tanker on the
Tablas Strait in the Philippines, resulting in an estimated 4,000


American forces invaded Panama to overthrow the government of
Manuel Noriega.


Pablo Picasso's Portrait of Suzanne Bloch was stolen from the
São Paulo Museum of Art.

Wiktionary's word of the day:

1. To pull up by the roots; to uproot; to extirpate.
2. To force (people) from their homeland to a new or foreign location.
3. To liberate or be liberated from a culture or its norms..

Wikiquote quote of the day:

  Why should the thirst for knowledge be aroused, only to be
disappointed and punished? My volition shrinks from the painful task of
recalling my humiliation; yet, like a second Prometheus, I will endure
this and worse, if by any means I may arouse in the interiors of Plane
and Solid Humanity a spirit of rebellion against the Conceit which would
limit our Dimensions to Two or Three or any number short of Infinity.
--Edwin Abbott Abbott

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