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synonyms: Bokrosgomba, ágas tapló, Hen of the Woods, Klapperschwamm, Laubporling, Maitake, Polypore en touffe, Poule des bois
Grifola frondosa Mushroom
Ref No: 7810
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Grifola frondosa2 Mushroom
Ref No: 7811
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Grifola frondosa3 Mushroom
Ref No: 7812
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Grifola frondosaF Mushroom
Ref No: 7814
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location: North America, Europe
edibility: Edible
fungus colour: Grey to beige
normal size: over 15cm
cap type: Other
stem type: Lateral, rudimentary or absent
flesh: Mushroom has distinct or odd smell (non mushroomy)
spore colour: White, cream or yellowish
habitat: Grows on wood

Grifola frondosa (Dicks. ex Fr.) S. F. Gray Klapperschwamm, Laubporling, Bokrosgomba, ágas tapló, Polypore en touffe, Poule des bois, Hen of the Woods, Maitake. Fruit Body 15–40cm diameter, subglobose, consisting of a central repeatedly branched stem, each branch ending in a flattened tongue-shaped cap; each cap 4–10cm across, 0.5–1cm thick, leathery and wavy at the margin, upper surface usually wrinkled, grey or olivaceous drying brownish. Stem cream or pale greyish. Flesh white. Taste pleasant when young and fresh, soon acrid, smell reminiscent of mice. Tubes 2–3mm long on the underside of each cap, and decurrent far down the stem, whitish. Pores two per mm, subcircular to slightly angular, larger and more irregular on the stem. Spores ellipsoid, 5.5–7 x 3.5–4.5um. Hyphal structure monomitic; generative hyphae with clamp connections. Habitat parasitic on deciduous trees especially oak and beech fruiting at the extreme base of the trunk. Season autumn. Uncommon. Edible. Distribution, America and Europe.

Mushroom Recipes
Hen of the Woods Mushroom Turnovers
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Kristina Trott (United States) - 03 December 2014

cross section
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Lynn Cremona (United States) - 02 December 2014

Hen of the Woods / Grifola frondosa
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Kristina Trott (United States) - 17 October 2013

growing at base of large dead oak
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Laurie Kombert (United States) - 15 August 2013

Newly discovered Hen-of-the-woods in my chicken yard in Tennessee, USA.
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Jo Priestnall (United Kingdom) - 27 June 2011

thinking this might be Hen of the Woods? Welwyn Garden City September 2010 on an oak tree
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Andrew Kielich (United States) - 28 December 2010

Hen of the Woods October 2010
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Mirosław Wantoch-Rekowski (Poland) - 11 December 2010

TPK Gdansk Oliwa dolina Samborowo.Poland
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Paul McHugh (United States) - 15 November 2008

Every fall this oak tree has a Hen of the Woods growing at its base. October, Lincoln Massachusetts
Grifola frondosaF
Lorand Bartho (Hungary) - 24 October 2008

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Lorand Bartho (Hungary) - 24 October 2008

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