Wood Cauliflower - Sparassis crispa

    Description

    Sparassis crispa can be recognised by its distinctive, whitish to pale buff, much-lobed fruitbodies, which have been considered to resemble a cauliflower.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Parasitic on roots of conifers, especially pines, fruiting at the base of the trunk, or sometimes on old stumps, and causing a cubical brown rot.

    When to see it

    Summer and autumn.

    Life History

    Parasitic on roots of conifers.

    UK Status

    Widespread but rather local in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map