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Grifola frondosa

Common Name: Hen of the Woods

Synonyms: Maitake

Substrate: Ground; Base of a Tree

Location: Hardwood forests

Spore Color: White

Pore Color: Grayish

Comments: 

Commonly thought of as one of the best edible mushrooms, hunters look for this fungus in the fall under Oaks. I often see it under Black Oaks and White Oaks. It will usually be growing at the base of the tree.

Look for lots of individual "leafs" coming from a branched central stalk.

Lookalikes:  

Black Staining polypore (Meripilus sumstinei) usually occurs earlier in the year and the pores bruise black when handled. 

Pictures:

Grifola frondosa

Grifola frondosa

Grifola frondosa

Grifola frondosa

Grifola frondosa

10/13/12 - Morgan Monroe State Forest - Morgan County, IN

Grifola frondosa

Grifola frondosa

Grifola frondosa

10/8/11 - Tippecanoe Battlefield - Battleground, IN

Grifola frondosa

10/7/12 - Brown County State Park - Nashville, IN

Grifola frondosa

9/29/12 - Ross Hills Park - West Lafayette, IN

Grifola frondosa

10/4/11 - Hoosier National Forest - Slightly old specimen