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Laetiporus sulphureus

Common Name: Chicken of the Woods, Sulphur Shelf

Synonyms: 

Substrate: Downed Logs

Location: Hardwood Forests

Spore Color: White

Pore Color: Yellow

Comments: 

A great edible that is very easy to identify. It grows like a shelf on downed logs, and has a bright orange upper surface, with a bright yellow underside. You can start looking for it in July. Best to eat when it is young, as the flesh will tend to get tougher as it ages. 

Lookalikes:  

Laetiporus cincinnatus is another great edible. Many people think it tastes better. It also has a bright orange surface, but with a white pore surface. L. cincinnatus also grows at the base of trees, while L. sulphureus grows on downed wood.

Pictures:

Laetiporus sulphureus

10/3/12 - Griffey Woods - Bloomington, IN

Laetiporus sulphureus

Laetiporus sulphureus

9-22-11 - Griffy Reservoir - Bloomington, IN 

 

Laetiporus sulphureus

10/5/11 - Brown County State Park - Nashville, IN

 

Laetiporus sulphureus

8/26/12 - Summit Lake State Park - New Castle, IN

Laetiporus sulphureus

Laetiporus sulphureus

8/24/12 - Girffey Woods - Bloomington, IN

Laetiporus sulphureus

Laetiporus sulphureus

Laetiporus sulphureus

9/4/12 - Griffey Woods - Bloomington, IN

Laetiporus sulphureus

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

Other Sightings:

7/26/10 - Brown County State Park  - Nashville, IN
8/23/12 - Griffey Woods - Bloomington, IN 
9/16/11 - Griffey Woods - Bloomington, IN