10 responses to “Laetiporus sulphureus”

  1. Tori

    How large do those clusters grow? Do they fan out from a central growth, or sprout from separate areas to form a huge cluster?

  2. emily

    Just saute’ them up in a little soy sayce.

  3. Michael Brown

    Neat shot Angie of a very interesting subject!
    Sort of reminds me of my wife’s scrambled eggs! 🙂

  4. angie

    These can grow to enormous size. If you do a google search on “56 pound mushroom” you’ll come up with many links to a news story from October when a man in Missouri found what is believed to be the North American record.
    As far as how they grow, I’m not an expert, but I think the answer is both–some I’ve seen appear to fan out from a central point, but also often have several points of origination from the stump, sometimes, but not always, merging together. This particular one, as far as I could tell without removing it, appeared to come from one point.

  5. Roger Anderson

    I live in southwestern Washington State and have collected and eaten the “chicken of the woods” mushroom for many years. It’s one of the best and very easy for the novice collector to identify.
    I’ve always known its’ botanical name to be Polyporus sulfureus; has the name been changed recently?

  6. Daniel Mosquin

    Hello Roger – yes, have a read through the link to Tom Volk’s site. He goes into detail about the name changes in Polyporus.

  7. Cassandra

    omg fungi is amazing

  8. Michelle

    I have a picture of a fungus that looks just like the brain fungus in Angie’s pic, but it doesn’t have those red scabby pits in it. Also yesterday some of the “folds” were full of what appeared to be sap. Is it the same thing? I’d be happy to e-mail the pics from both days.

  9. Daniel Mosquin

    It quite possibly is the same thing. The sap you see may be from the tree itself.

  10. KP

    Look up “Peck’s Hydnum” or “Hydnellum peckii” which though not poisonous is considered inedible because of its very peppery taste and toughness. It can have red drops on it that look like sap.

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