Observation 56628: Grifola frondosa (Dicks.) Gray

When: 2010-10-03

Collection location: Cook Forest State Park, Pennsylvania, USA [Click for map]

Who: John Plischke (John Plischke)

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This was growing on a Beech tree about 4 inches off the ground out the side of the birch tree. Strange.

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By: John Plischke (John Plischke)
2010-10-27 11:34:17 CDT (-0400)

Sorry my coment was a little confusing it was attached to the beech and there was also a brich tree touching the beech tree. The caplets looked very thick. This year I found less than 10 of them all season where other years sometimes I find 65 of them on a very good day. At Kisky they have been growing on Gum trees and Jim just told me the other night he has one on a plum tree in his back yard. Strange trees lately. Reports have also been comming in about deformed thick fruitings because of the dry weather earlier in the year.

Ha cherry….
By: Hamilton (ham)
2010-10-26 18:40:13 CDT (-0400)

I found one at the base of a cherry this year. Deer were chawing on it though, so it didn’t make for a very good photo.

Beech / Birch
By: Alan Rockefeller (Alan Rockefeller)
2010-10-26 18:38:16 CDT (-0400)

I think he meant that the beech tree was growing out of the side of the birch tree.

Yes, but!
By: Erin Page Blanchard (CureCat)
2010-10-26 18:35:43 CDT (-0400)

But which tree was it growing from? The way that John worded it, I can’t tell if it was growing from Beech, Birch, or both!

By: walt sturgeon (Mycowalt)
2010-10-26 15:49:11 CDT (-0400)

I have found this species on American Beech, wild cherry and yellow birch,in addition to oaks. I also found it this year at Cook Forest on Beech. This weekend I saw a large one on top of an oak stump. It is growing from deciduous tree wood so I guess we should not be surprised when it appears on an “unusual” host or in an unusual location.

I have found
By: Dave W (Dave W)
2010-10-26 14:23:26 CDT (-0400)

G. frondosa on Beech, and I have seen G. frondosa growing well above ground level from an oak stump (more than once).

The fronds on this one look a bit large/thick for Grifola. Any chance this could be Meripilus sumstinei? I once saw a young one of these (Black Stainer) growing from a living Birch or Beech… I forget which. A friend of mine who hunts nearby Gettysburg, PA says that he has found lots of M. sumstinei this year.

I just noticed what’s the reason for CureCat’s comment… Which was this one found on, Beech or Birch?

By: Erin Page Blanchard (CureCat)
2010-10-26 14:00:58 CDT (-0400)

What? How was it growing? On a Beech or a Birch? I don’t get it.

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