White-Pored Chicken of the Woods - Laetiporus cincinnatus

Beautiful specimen. What separates Laetiporus cincinnatus from Laetiporus sulphureus is by its appearance and fruiting formation. L. cincinnatus has a white to cream colored pore surface vs. L. sulphureus has a yellow pore surface. The cap surface of L. cincinnatus is a different shade of orange than L. sulphureus, having less yellow. This is an oak-inhabiting species considered to be a butt rot or root rot fungus, meaning it fruits as the bases of oak tree instead of the ground. L. sulphureus accumulates at the very base of tree trunks, and can also fruit from buried roots at a distance away from the tree, which would make it appear terrestrial. Due to the fruiting body location, L. cincinnatus produces a rosette of individual caps, rather than a shelving cluster on vertical surfaces.

Found mainly throughout eastern North America and Europe and is saprotrophic and parasitic on living and dead oak trees. It causes brown rot of the butt and roots and grows alone or in colonies. Considered a great edible amongst mushroom enthusiast and I hear it taste really good in soups!

References:

https://www.mushroomexpert.com/laetiporus_cincinnatus.html

https://www.messiah.edu/Oakes/fungi_on_wood/poroid%20fungi/species%20pages/Laetiporus%20cincinnatus.htm

Posted by rumplek rumplek, February 14, 2020 05:19

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White-Pored Chicken of the Woods Laetiporus cincinnatus

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May 24, 2018 12:41 PM EDT

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