Observation 21482: Laetiporus cincinnatus (Morgan) Burdsall, Banik, & Volk

When: 2009-05-30

Collection location: Strouds Run State Park, Athens, Ohio, USA [Click for map]

Who: Dan Molter (shroomydan)

No specimen available

This is the largest chunk of a massive chicken mushroom I found scattered at the base of a large dead oak tree. It was growing high up in the tree and probably fell under its own weight when it got too big.

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Recognized by sight: The photo sure does look yellow.

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arborial or terrestrial
By: Dan Molter (shroomydan)
2009-06-03 07:01:31 EDT (-0400)

This mushroom was found broken into many pieces on the ground under a tall dead oak. I did not see any place were it was attached to the ground, so I assumed it was growing up in the tree. Maybe it was growing from a dead root.

I often find L. cincinnatus on fallen logs, a habitat they share with their yellow cousins, but I have to admit I have only seen the yellow ones high up in trees.

By: Irene Andersson (irenea)
2009-06-03 01:37:13 EDT (-0400)

Reading: “It was growing high up in the tree”, was actually one of the reasons to suspect sulphureus.. Maybe it never did?

L. cinncinatus
By: Patrick Harvey (pg_harvey)
2009-06-02 13:01:21 EDT (-0400)

Another clue is that this is growing on the ground. Pores are white to me. Available light could affect color of the upper surface.

Right from the beginning then..
By: Irene Andersson (irenea)
2009-06-02 02:45:02 EDT (-0400)

A pity that the first photo had too stunning colours to be true :-)

mystery solved!
By: Dan Molter (shroomydan)
2009-06-01 19:08:11 EDT (-0400)

It’s only a ten minute drive, so I went back. White pours are evident in the second photo, taken with flash.

Well, I can’t tell for sure
By: Irene Andersson (irenea)
2009-05-31 17:08:09 EDT (-0400)

what the true colour is, you are the best judge yourself, Dan.
They are compared here:

green light
By: Dan Molter (shroomydan)
2009-05-31 16:32:51 EDT (-0400)

I think the light filtering down through a canopy of leaves is making the light parts of this mushroom look more yellow than they actually are. I have found both the yellow and the salmon varieties of chicken mushrooms at Strouds Run. I do not recall seeing the distinct yellow pours of L. sulphurus in this specimen, but they do look awful yellow in the photo.

By: Irene Andersson (irenea)
2009-05-31 16:21:33 EDT (-0400)

Why is this not Laetiporus sulphureus? I get a feeling that the pore layer isn’t pure white (cincinnatus) – more like yellowish (sulphureus).

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