Name: Grifola frondosa (Dicks.) Gray
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First person to use this name on MO: Nathan Wilson
Editors: Alan Rockefeller, I. G. Safonov


Rank: Species

Status: Accepted

Name: Grifola frondosa

Author: (Dicks.) Gray

Citation: Nat. Arr. Brit. Pl. (London) 1: 643 (1821)

Misspellings: Grifola frondosus


Domain: Eukarya

Kingdom: Fungi

Phylum: Basidiomycota

Class: Agaricomycetes

Order: Polyporales

Family: Meripilaceae

Genus: Grifola

Notes on Taxonomy: [Edit] Brief Description:

Grifola frondosa photo courtesy of, 2008,

Commonly known as Sheep’s Head, Hen of the Woods, or Maitake, Grifola frondosa is an edible species that grows at the foot of trees, particularly oak trees, in clusters of gray-brown caps which are generally curled or contorted in some manner and originate from a single branched stem structure (1), (2), (4).

See Tom Volk’s page on Grifola frondosa


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