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Sparassis spathulata

Common Name: Cauliflower Mushroom

Synonyms: Sparassis herbstii; Sparassis caroliniense

Substrate: Ground

Location: Hardwood Forests

Spore Color: White

Pore Color: Whitish to Yellowish

Comments: 

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.

Lookalikes:  

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

Pictures:

Sparassis spathulata

Sparassis spathulata

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