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Piptoporus australiensis (Pip-toe-poor-uss austrah-lee-en-sis)

Curry Punk

 Text from 'Fungi down under : the Fungimap guide to Australian fungi' (2005) edited by Pat Grey and Ed Grey.

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Curry Punk is named for its persistent curry smell which develops with age.


Full Description

On dead eucalypt trees and logs, often favouring fire-damaged wood. Curry Punk is named for its persistent curry smell which develops with age. The white top of this large, thick bracket becomes stained pale cream to orange by the orange flesh. Deep orange-yellow pores exude copious amounts of saffron-yellow juice.

Distribution Density Map

If few observations have been recorded, the density map will only show blue points where the species has been observed, rather than a heat-map.

Source: Atlas of Living Australia


Single or in small numbers; common and widespread.


Eucalypt forests.


Dying and dead eucalypt trees and logs; particularly fire-damaged wood; saprotrophic.


Diameter to 200 mm, projects to 170 mm; thickness to 80 mm; irregular to semicircular, flat to convex; white then staining yellow, orange to brown; soft but tough, smooth, ridged or pitted, greasy when wet; margin smooth, incurved.


1–10 per mm; round, angular or irregular; saffron-yellow, ageing to orange, rusty-brown; weeps saffron-yellow juice when wet.



Absent; laterally attached to substrate by a broad base.


Strong persistent curry smell when old or dry.


No other polypore-bracket has a strong curry smell. The pink-red Strawberry Bracket (Aurantiporus pulcherrimus) is found mainly on dead Myrtle Beech (Nothofagus cunninghamii). The red-brown Beefsteak Fungus (Fistulina hepatica) has distinctly separate tubes.


Toxicity Unknown

Weed Status

Piptoporus australiensis

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