Chicken of the Woods - Laetiporus sulphureus

    Alternative names
    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.

    Identification difficulty

    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.

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    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
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