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Conifer Chickens Causing Rot

 

Sigrid Olson, Pathfinder

The Chicken of the Woods mushroom, Laetiporus conifericola, grows on conifer trees and stumps around Potomac.

Laetiporus conifericola, or "Chicken of the Woods," grows around Potomac. They are a mushroom species known as the "sulfur shelf mushrooms" that grow on conifer trees. These are mushrooms that get their name from how they taste after being prepared correctly.

These mushrooms belong to the fungi kingdom and the name Laetiporus is a genus of edible mushroom. There are six North American species in the genus and one species variety that occur in different ecosystems and/or perform different ecological roles.

These bright orange to yellow curling and shelf shaped fungi can grow into brackets...



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