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Humble Garden: KD and chicken of the woods


Chicken of the Woods


(Laetiporus sulphureus, Laetiporus cincinnatus)


Cap (pileus) 2-20 in across from 1/8 - 1 in. thick. L. sulphureus is bright orange to salmon or orange-yellow on top with a bright yellow margin. L. cincinnatus can have whitish zones on the cap as seen in photos below. L. sulphureus usually are overlapping, fan-shaped flat caps growing as a single shelf or in attached bunches or rosettes on wood. L. cincinnatus tends to grow in a rosette at the base of the tree. The color fades toward whitish tones with age. Both have a pleasant smell.


Pores Bright sulphur yellow pores underneath for L.sulphureus. L. cincinnatus has a whitish underside


Stem L. sulphureus is usually short or often broadly attached to the wood. L. cincinnatus has a short stem tends to grow in rosettes at the base of the tree or nearby on the ground.


Flesh Yellowish white or orangey white.


Spores Whitish spore print


When and where to find them (ecology) Chicken of the woods are most likely to be found from August through October or later but are sometimes found as early as June.

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Taken on September 13, 2009