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Chicken of the Woods and Witch's Butter: Jokers of Kingdom Fungi


| 11/25/2014 10:04:00 AM


As Boletus edulis is the mighty king and Cantharellus cibarius, the dainty queen of Kingdom Fungi, Chicken of the Woods and Witch’s Butter are brightly costumed jokers.  Parasites in the mushroom realm, these shelf mushrooms feed on trees, unlike saprophytic mushrooms that live on dead organic matter or mycorrhizal fungi that form symbiotic relationships with soil and roots.

Chicken of the Woods

Laetiporus sulphureus is a showcase find. Spiraling skyward on live trees or hiding on the under side of dead ones, Chicken of the Woods flaunts her neon feathers to all who pass by.

Witch's Butter

Key Features 

Chicken of the woods is easily distinguishable, growing laterally from trees, like a shelf, overlapped and often in great quantity. The cap is bright yellow-orange to orange, with brightly yellow tips that stands in stark contrast to the neutral colors of the forest.  Tiny pores are found on the underside of the cap. When older, this variety is medium-size to very large, tough, and faded in color.



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