Bracket fungus (fungus that grows on trees) found in Europe and North America.
Grows on dead or mature hardwoods such as oak, cherry, or beech from August through October or later, sometime as early as June. The species can also be found under conifers. It can usually be found growing in clusters.
Young specimens are edible if a large, clear watery liquid comes out of it. The mushroom should not be eaten raw. Some people have had gastrointestinal upset after eating this mushroom.