Pycnoporus coccineusCommon name: Scarlet Bracket Fungus

Meaning of name: Unknown.

Distribution: Unknown.

Aboriginal name: Botting.

Aboriginal use: The fruit was used to treat oral thrush and sore lips. It was also used to relieve the symptoms of teething.

Description: Up to 150mm wide, this fungus can be found decomposing dead wood. Although the common name suggests that this fungus is red, it is actually orange. However, it can fade as it ages, or have green tinges as mould grows on it.

References: Fungi of the Perth Region and Beyond. Neale L Bougher. http://www.bushlandperth.org.au/activities/perth-fungi-project

Noongar Bush Medicine, Medicinal Plants of the South-west of Western Australia. Vivienne Hansen & John Horsfall. 2016