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Volvariella sp.

Family: Pluteaceae

Tribal Name: Gach wool (Chakma).

Description of the Plant:

Cap oval becoming bell-shaped to broadly convex or nearly flat; whitish or tinged yellowish over the center in age; the margin not lined; dry; covered with silky hairs. Gills free from the stem; whitish becoming pink; crowded. Stem 6-20 cm long; 1-2 cm thick; more or less equal, but usually tapering somewhat to apex; often curved in order to set the cap "straight" due growth on wood; dry; white; smooth; without a ring; the base encased in a thick, white to yellowish or brownish, sack-like volva.

Flesh thin, white. Saprobic on the wood of hardwoods ( of Mangifera, Syzigium etc.), either on dead trees or from the wounds of living trees.

Mode of Uses:

The fruit body is cooked as vegetables and as soup (Chakma, Tripura, Marma).

Distribution:

Chittagong Hill Tracts.

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