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Wood cauliflower

Sparassis crispa


This massive fungus, sometimes attaining a weight of several kg and can grow up to 10 to 25cm tall and up to 40cm across. The fruitbody comprises many leaf-like lobes, curled and contorted. Creamy white and fairly brittle when young, becoming browner and tougher with age.


This species is found in central and northern Europe and other parts of the world including North America. Wood cauliflower grows on the ground beside conifer trees, particularly Scots pine.


Spotted in Speulderbos, Veluwe, Holland. (sources: see reference)

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Jae 9 months ago

Thank you, Neil!

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 9 months ago

Whoa, that is amazing! Super spotting, Jae.

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Ermelo, Gelderland, Netherlands

Spotted on Oct 14, 2019
Submitted on Jan 9, 2020

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