Chicken-of-the-Woods Laetiporus sulphureus
|Status||Green - Least concern|
|Best Time to See||May, June, July, August, September, October|
A distinctive bright orange bracket fungus. The bracket is fan-shaped and usually in large, tiered groups. The flesh is at first succulent with an uneven, lumpy, and wrinkled, suede-like upper surface. As it ages it fades in colour to become pallid and straw-like and becomes crumbly. Although parasitic, its hosts can live for many years.
It can be found near the bases of dead and dying trees. Its habitat is on deciduous trees, usually oak but commonly also found on yew, willow, sweet chestnut, Spanish chestnut, apple and cherry.
When to see
Late spring and summer to autumn (old material is often found in autumn).
Did you know?
It's delightful common name, Chicken-of-the-woods, may derive from the fact that the brackets resemble chickens' feet. Another name for this fungus is Sulphur Polypore. It is edible when young and fresh, and considered a delicacy in Germany and North America. Whilst the taste is pleasant, the smell is slightly sourish and strongly fungusy when fresh.