Chicken of the Woods - Laetiporus sulphureus

    Alt Name
    Sulphur Polypore

    The cap is small and knob shaped, overlapping in an irregular pattern. Wide, shaped like a fan, and directly attached to the trunk of a tree, it has a shelf-like appearance and is sulfur-yellow to bright orange in colour and with a suede like texture. When it is old, the cap fades to tan or white. The shelves often grow in overlapping clumps, and each one may be anywhere from 5 to 60 cm in diameter.


    On dead or mature hardwood trees.

    When to see it

    July to October.

    UK Status

    Widespread and fairly common in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map