Chicken of The Woods

Laetiporus sulphureus

Chicken of The Woods (Laetiporus sulphureus)

Also called ‘Sulphur Shelf’, this is a bright yellowy-orange bracket fungus which is usually found on the trunks of standing trees. They are irregularly shaped or fan-shaped, overlapping one another, and have a lumpy texture, somewhat akin to cooked chicken. The pores are white or a pale yellow. Underneath the bracket there are tiny round or oval tubes. Fruit body 10 to 40cm across, 3 to 12cm thick.

Chicken of The Woods (Laetiporus sulphureus)

It can be seen all year round. Usually found on deciduous trees, mainly oak, and rarely coniferous trees, although its seems to have a preference for Yew (Taxus baccata), which can be quite a pest. Widespread and common.

Photograph of Chicken of The Woods (Laetiporus sulphureus) taken September 2011, local wood, Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2011. Camera used Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ38.

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