Common Name: Cauliflower Mushroom
Synonyms: Sparassis herbstii; Sparassis caroliniense
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.
8/24/12 - Griffey Woods - Bloomington, IN