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Laetiporus sulphureus.   Click a photo to enlarge it.   back to list

synonyms: Chicken of the Woods, Polypore soufré, Sárga gévagomba, Schwefelporling, Sulphur Shelf
Laetiporus sulphureus Field Mushroom
Ref No: 9095
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Laetiporus sulphureus2 Mushroom
Ref No: 9635
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Laetiporus sulphureus   008 Mushroom
Ref No: 24015
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location: North America, Europe
edibility: Choice
fungus colour: Yellow, Orange
normal size: over 15cm
cap type: Other
stem type: Lateral, rudimentary or absent
spore colour: White, cream or yellowish
habitat: Grows on wood

Laetiporus sulphureus (Bull. ex Fr.) Murr. syn. Polyporus sulphureus Bull. ex Fr. Sulphur Shelf, Schwefelporling, Sárga gévagomba (tapló), Polypore soufré, Chicken of the Woods. Bracket 10–40cm across, fan-shaped or irregularly semicircular, thick and fleshy, usually in large tiered groups; upper surface uneven, lumpy, and wrinkled, suede-like, lemon-yellow or yellow-orange drying pallid or straw-coloured; margin obtuse. Flesh at first succulent and exuding a yellowish juice when squeezed, but white and crumbly with age. Taste pleasant and slightly sourish, smell strong and fungusy. Tubes 1.5–3mm long, sulphur-yellow. Pores 1–3 per mm, circular or ovoid, sulphur-yellow. Spores white, ellipsoid to broadly ovate, 5–7 x 3.5–4.5um. Hyphal structure dimitic with generative and binding hyphae; generative hyphae without clamp-connections. Habitat deciduous trees, usually oak but common also on yew, cherry, sweet chestnut and willow. Season late spring to autumn, annual. Common. Edible when young and fresh, considered a delicacy in Germany and North America. Distribution, America and Europe. Comment there is a form of this fungus which has a white pore surface, and some authors recognize this as Laetiporus sulphureus var. semialbinus syn. Laetiporus cincinnatus. NOTE the two pictures sent in by Judy Whitton and the one from Lee Collins and Mark Anson all are probably semialbinus.
I have just put up a new picture sent in by Tony Birchall, many thanks Tony. The fourth photograph has been given to us by Ted Green, many thanks Ted.


Mushroom Recipes
Chicken of the Woods Casserole
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Mark Hodson (United States) - 22 September 2014

Underside of oak tree in the mountains south of Tehachapi, California. Acorn woodpeckers made the round holes and use them to store acorns.
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Judie Horka (United States) - 21 August 2014

Growing in lawn where an old ash tree was removed. Central Iowa
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Richard Jones (United States) - 10 August 2014

Chicken of the woods,Bull shoals,AR. 8/5/14.
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William Fawcett (United States) - 26 July 2014

Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, USA July 26. 2014
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brian fab (United States) - 17 July 2014

Found on a log in my basement. That I plugged two years ago.
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Melissa Southworth (United States) - 24 June 2014

This is the second year we have had this beautiful fungus.
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kirsty-marie lowe (United Kingdom) - 24 May 2014

Hi I found this when I was walking my dog across fields in Derbyshire growing on a tree in the hedgerow.
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od bo (Russian Federation) - 22 May 2014

Russia, Moscow Region. May 21, 2014 Summer this year started early.
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Vincent Scellini (United States) - 24 October 2013

Found in New Windsor, MD October 24, 2013
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Ron Kennebeck (United States) - 16 October 2013

found on burnt tree Central Iowa October 2013
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Alex Forryan (United Kingdom) - 13 September 2013

Standon Ford, Hertfordshire, UK Sept 2013
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Dirk Kramer (Canada) - 21 August 2013

Found on a dying oak tree in Otterville, Ontario. August 20, 2013
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Julie Bockman (United States) - 30 July 2013

We found this "unkown" mushroom growing at the base of one of our Oak Trees in our lot. Now we know we have a Chicken of the Woods right here in McHenry Illinois. Correct us if we are wrong!
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Doc Summers (United States) - 11 July 2013

Found in the Smoky Mountains,NC
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Dom Smith (United Kingdom) - 23 June 2013

Found on a dying oak in the southeast of england
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Richard Hale (United States) - 24 December 2012

L.sulphureus, Blue Ridge Mtns., Virginia
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Tudor Ioana (Romania) - 17 December 2012

Paul Covic si Ioana Tudor,Romania, 17 decembrie 2012
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zoran veljovic (Yugoslavia) - 16 October 2012

Niska Banja, reka Nisava.
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Emily Meyer (United States) - 22 August 2012

Saw these hiking in Gambrill's State Park in the Appalachia lowlands region of Maryland - not entirely sure they're Laetiporus Sulphureus because they seem to be growing next to the fallen tree rather than from it, but I can't quite find anything else that fits the description/appearance.
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Lyubomir Radoev (Bulgaria) - 15 June 2012

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christian touzet (United States) - 22 October 2011

Found on a very large and old oak tree. Identified using Roger's Mushrooms Easy Key. -Oregon
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Yael Even-Levy (United States) - 12 September 2011

I think this is Laetiporus sulphureus on a dead tree stump in my back yard west of Boston. About a week ago this magnificent 9.5" fan-shaped fungus had much brighter colors and is now fading. You can also see a thin areas of white mycelium in the cracks of the wood. In this picture, a slug is coming out from the stump, probably about to get dinner.
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Peter Burgess-Allen (United Kingdom) - 10 September 2011

Found on a beech near Longnor, Derbyshire. Sept 4th 2011. Deliciously pungent, but quite dry so didn't eat any.
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Michael Campbell (United States) - 13 July 2011

Big Chicken ! New York State.
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Dejan Stojanovic (Yugoslavia) - 14 June 2011

Habitat in the area Zaplanje, river Kutinska, village Gadzin Han, (the city of Nis), Southern Serbia, SERBIA.
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Mirosław Wantoch-Rekowski (Poland) - 23 February 2011

Gdansk Oliwa Poland
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Sarah Milone (United States) - 19 October 2010

Found Oct 15th, Northern Illinois, on long-dead downed tree
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Tony croft (United Kingdom) - 02 October 2010

Laetiporus sulphureus- here on Fagus sylvatica (european beech) A rather nice and large rack of brackets. It is not at all common to find it on beech trees, but this site is special in many ways, a unique place indeed.
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Michael Dinsmore (United States) - 29 September 2010

This one is at the base of the same tree on the other side (15 in.). I guess this tree has seen better days. Brimfield, Ohio.
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Anne Whitenight (United States) - 23 September 2010

Here is another "chicken in the woods" we found on the top of a wild cherry tree in a National Forest in Michigan. It is so beautiful!
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Anne Whitenight (United States) - 23 September 2010

I found this wonderful "chicken in the woods" on a dead oak while camping in West Michigan this summer. I harvested a portion of it to enjoy and 2 days later someone cut the tree down. Sad as is would have continued to grow and revisited next year.
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Lynn Pepper (United Kingdom) - 12 August 2010

I also think this is a chicken of the woods. It was on the same tree as the other picture I posted on here but taken about 10 months later. This picture was taken on 27 may 2010. It was also solid with a hollow sound. It was about 8 inches in length. Darker than it's predessor, very vibrant yellow. Absolutely fantastic.
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Lynn Pepper (United Kingdom) - 12 August 2010

I think this comes under the chicken of the woods catagory. It was on a fruit tree within the school grounds where I work. It was stunning, sounded hollow when tapped, appeared to be solid not flimsy as mushrooms usually are. It was about 6 inches high.
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Les Gold (United States) - 13 May 2010

Found at the base of a White Oak tree in Arkansas. Is it a Laetiporus sulphureus
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Risbo R (Yugoslavia) - 07 May 2010

acceptation
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calvin smith (United Kingdom) - 11 March 2010

Another photo i took of the species. calvin Smith-what do you think?
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calvin smith (United Kingdom) - 11 March 2010

This photo of laetiporus sulphureous was taken in summer 2009 on a willow tree in Bedfordshire UK. I think that is one of the best and largest specimens i have ever found myself,or viewed anywhere. The next day someone had taken the lot.
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Linda Fobian (United States) - 02 November 2009

I found this large 18 inch wide neon yellow and orange mushroom on a log in our woodpile Sept. 2009. Didn't know what it was.Identified it using RogersMushrooms website.I think it is a Chicken of the Woods. It is now a tan straw color. Is it a Chicken of the Woods? Is it unusual?
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Slobodan Nikolic (Yugoslavia) - 30 October 2009

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Luke Taylor (United States) - 19 October 2009

Found this on a eucalyptus tree. Is it true that you shouldn't eat them if they are growing on a eucalyptus?
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Mark Anson (United States) - 09 September 2009

Could this be Laetiporus Semialbinus? Photo taken 09/09/09
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Judy Whitton (United States) - 06 July 2009

Here is another view of it from today, getting bigger! Forgot to mention that this was taken in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
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Judy Whitton (United States) - 05 July 2009

I had never heard of this mushroom until I found one in the park by my house. I had noticed some kind of mushroom forming by a tree while walking my dogs a few days ago. I couldn't believe how much it grew in just a few days! I've eaten puffballs before, maybe some day I will try this!
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Darrell Lawrence (Canada) - 26 June 2009

Chicken of the Woods, Barss Corner, Nova Scotia, Canada. A very large group growing on a dying Ash. June '09 Cook: Boil for 3 minutes, then sautee in butter, garlic & onion.
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Tamara Bako (United States) - 25 May 2009

Located in Rocky River Reservation in Cleveland Metro Parks. A beautiful eye catcher along the side of the road. 05/24/09.
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lee collins (United Kingdom) - 24 April 2009

Chicken of the woods on oak.
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Branislav Uzelac (Yugoslavia) - 17 March 2009

photo by Goran Miloshevich from Serbia
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Lorand Bartho (Hungary) - 06 November 2008

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