Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Chicken of the Woods Spied Next Door

While returning home from school, I noticed a giant bright orange mushroom/fungus cluster on the trunk of a eucalyptus in my neighbor's parkway. Although I'm no mycologist, my online research leads me to believe it is a Laetiporus sulphureus or Chicken of the Woods.

Chicken of the Woods are edible, although I read warnings about Laetiporus sulphureus causing stomach upsets when harvested from the base of eucalyptus trees. I think it merits more research. I'm thinking about acquiring David Arora's All That the Rain Promises and More field guide to Western mushrooms, especially after spying the cover of the book. Who doesn't want to party with David Arora?


  1. Wow! Even if it's not edible, it's still spectacular!

  2. it looks like the spray foam insulation we have blocking the drafts around our front door. fungus always amazes me.

  3. I have that field guide and it is great!

  4. It was such a surprise to see it. We've had a lot of rain and slate gray days. The bright orange color just popped out. I have no idea how long it's been there. Lyssa, I checked inside All Rain Promises and More via Amazon & it certainly did not disappoint. You've convinced me, it would be a welcome addition to my field guide library.


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