Wood Cauliflower - Sparassis crispa


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

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.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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