Observation 10008: Sparassis radicata Weir
When: 2002-10-20
No herbarium specimen

Notes: This is among the largest mushroom found in the Pacific Northwest. Collections near White Salmon, Washington of over 76 pounds have been reported in The Oregonian newspaper, which I happen to work for. The name has apparently been deprecated, and I would question that deprecation. This is one of the species currently under intense cultivation observation, and I believe a simple comparison of our Sparassis radicata to other photos of S. crispa at Mushroom Observer will show immediate differences of size, overall shape, coloration, and possibly host. Sparassis radicata in my experience is an old-growth conifer inhabitor. Like Laetiporus sulphureus vs. L. coniferoides, the host species may cause profound differences in appearance, if nothing else.

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