Grifola frondosa

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Grifola frondosa

18 October 2005 Berkshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Common Name

Hen of the Woods

Fruiting Body

Rosette shaped with a central stem, and multiple lobes, upper surface smooth to finely felty, brown, underside whitish, pores 2-4 per mm, to about 50 cm across

Flesh

White, firm, fibrous

Smell

Mouse urine

Taste

Pleasant, becoming acrid with age

Season

Autumn

Distribution

Frequent in southern England, rare further north

Habitat

At the base of deciduous trees, especially oak and beech

Spore Print

White

Microscopic Features

Spores ovoid to ellipsoidal, smooth (5.5-6.5) x (3.5-4.5) µm2. Cystidia absent. Basidia clavate, 4-spored. Hyphal system dimitic, generative hyphae septate, clamped, skeletal hyphae aseptate.

Edibility

Edible

Additional Photographs

Grifola frondosa

18 October 2005 Berkshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Grifola frondosa

10 October 2016 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin