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Chicken Of The Woods

Polyporus sulphureus


Individual "shelves" range from 2-10 inches across. These shelves are made up of many tiny tubular filaments (hyphae). The mushroom grows in large brackets - some have been found that weigh over 100 pounds (45 kg). Caps: 5-30 cm across and up to 20 cm deep; up to 3 cm thick; fan-shaped to semicircular or irregular; more or less planoconvex; smooth to finely wrinkled; suedelike; bright yellow to bright orange when young, frequently fading in maturity and with direct sunlight.


It is most commonly found on wounds of trees, mostly oak, though it is also frequently found on eucalyptus, yew, sweet chestnut, and willow, as well as conifers in some species.


Edible, many think they taste like chicken. This was very large!

1 species ID suggestions

Chicken of the woods
Polyporus sulphureus Laetiporus


keithp2012 6 years ago

I dont have the original photos, but your welcome to copy/download the images here to use. Thanks for asking!

AlexKonig 6 years ago

hi, very awesome shot, i love this one. I have a little question, i want to make (with my spottings, so far) a collection-guide ( and maybe more) about fungi, with more than usually 1 picture at the booksite per species. Therefore i collect mine pictures also here on my pc. When i found this one,i was stunned. i want to have the pictures from this spotting ( prefferd as original size) My question to you, can i download/copy your spotting, OR have you still the originals and would give them to me. thanks for your time in advance!!

keithp2012 6 years ago

It's looks like that, but this has a stem and when I looked it up says its not supposed to have a stem?

New York, USA

Lat: 40.70, Long: -73.35

Spotted on Sep 25, 2011
Submitted on Sep 25, 2011

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