Observation 113689: Laetiporus Murrill

When: 2012-10-17

Collection location: Echo Park, Los Angeles, California, USA [Click for map]

Who: Deborah Gorman (Deborah)

No specimen available

It has not rained in a week. It’s possible that the sprinklers of our neighbor hit this spot but it looked quite dry. though the mushroom was moist to the touch when I pulled a piece off to see its inner structure.

Proposed Names

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Used references: Given http://www.mykoweb.com/TFWNA/P-52.html suggests that L sulphureus doesn’t grow on Pacific Coast, I’ve decided to drop back to the genus.

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Eye3 = Observer’s choice
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Two in CA
By: Michael Wood (mykoweb)
2012-10-24 05:52:59 WIB (+0700)

There are two species of Laetiporus known to occur in California, L. gilbertsonii and L. conifericola. They are usually distinguished by habitat. L. gilbertsonii grows on hardwoods…oaks and eucalyptus. L. conifericola grows on conifers…common in the Sierras on red fir, occasionally on coast redwood. L. gilbertsonii is very common here in the bay area on eucalyptus and typically fruits before the first rains. Both are edible FOR MOST PEOPLE, if VERY young and VERY well cooked.

You can find descriptions of both species at CaliforniaFungi.com

Is that a creosote post it’s growing next to?
By: Steve Roberts (Mushroom World)
2012-10-19 07:02:13 WIB (+0700)

That in itself would deter me from consuming it..

Watch out
By: Martin Cooper (martincito)
2012-10-19 05:29:28 WIB (+0700)

Hi Deborah, Please be very careful before eating any wild mushroom. My suggested ID is only one relatively inexperienced opinion that it “could be” Laetiporus sulphureus. Indeed the article here: http://www.mykoweb.com/TFWNA/P-52.html says that true L sulphureus doesn’t occur along the Pacific Coast on N America, and that the edible species that do grow there can cause adverse reactions in some people. Personally I never eat mushrooms I find outside shops (indeed some of the ones inside can be a bit suspect). Wild mushrooms are very dificult to identify reliably and anyway, for me at least, even a delicous plate of anything just isn’t worth risking your health for. I know many people disagree, but that’s my opinion.
Best wishes, Martin

Chicken Mushroom
By: Deborah Gorman (Deborah)
2012-10-19 04:55:15 WIB (+0700)

Common name Chicken Mushroom or Sulphur Shelf.
Choice edible confirmed

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