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Chicken of the Forest Analogues
    #2674910 - 05/13/04 07:39 PM (13 years, 7 months ago)

On a recent mushroom hunt in the northeast, I came upon a large fallen tree coated with lavalike flows of yellow/orange mushrooms. I went onto the internet and quite quickly came up with pictures of Chicken of the Forest (Laetiporus sulphureus). Anyway, as I am not an expert mycologist, I am obviously not going to jut pluck these things off and eat them. On the other hand, they look identical to all the images I've seen, and are growing in quite an abundance. My question is this: Are there any similar looking mushrooms in the northeast that are also toxic? I hope to get a picture of them up here ASAP.


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Re: Chicken of the Forest Analogues [Re: DrMambo]
    #2675958 - 05/13/04 11:24 PM (13 years, 7 months ago)

Fortunately, Laetiporus sulphureus is one of the more distinctive and easy mushrooms. You need to verify the following:

Shelflike, stalkless mushroom in overlapping clusters on trees, stumps, or logs
Upper surface smooth to suedelike and bright orange
Undersurface bright yellow with tiny pores

There is a variety of this species that has a white undersurface. Both are edible.

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