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Sparassis spathulata

Sparassis spathulata

Common Name: Cauliflower Mushroom

Synonyms: Sparassis herbstii; Sparassis caroliniense

Substrate: Ground

Location: Hardwood Forests

Spore Color: White

Pore Color: Whitish to Yellowish


There are two common species of Cauliflower mushrooms in the Eastern US. The version presented here has long and flat "leaves" emanating from a single base. Not really any other lookalikes besides its brother mentioned below. Both are good edibles.


Sparassis crispa has branches that are shorter and much more tightly packed. It is also more evenly colored. 


Sparassis spathulata

Sparassis spathulata

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