Public Description of Laetiporus conifericola Burds. & Banik

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Taxonomic Classification:

Domain: Eukarya
Kingdom: Fungi
Phylum: Basidiomycota
Class: Agaricomycetes
Order: Polyporales
Family: Laetiporaceae

Diagnostic Description:

Can be differentiated from similar taxa by combination of range, habit, and pore color.

Species Habit Pore color Range
L. cincinnatus Soil near hardwood, esp. Quercus White Eastern, Midwestern USA
L. conifericola Conifer Yellow Western North America
L. gilbertsonii Quercus, Eucalyptus Yellow Western North America
L. gilbertsonii var. pallidus Quercus, Eucalyptus White Southern USA
L. huroniensis Conifer Yellow Great Lakes USA
L. persicinus Conifer, Hardwood Pinkish tan Southern USA
L. sulphureus Hardwood, esp. Quercus. Yellow Eastern, Midwestern USA

Table based on H. Burdsall.1

Also see J. Ginns2.


Western North America from California to Alaska1


Mature and over mature living and dead conifers1

Look Alikes:

Edible, but there are reports of bad GI distress.3 Eat only young tender specimens or outer edge of older specimens.4 5 6
Also associated with a brown rot of wood, occurring in the roots, butt, or heartwood of living trees, and also decaying logs or trunks of dead trees.1


4 Arora, Mushrooms Demystified (Ten Speed Press 2d ed. 1986)

1 H. Burdsall, M. Banik, The Genus Laetiporus In North America. Harvard Papers in Botany, Vol. 6, No. 1, 2001, pp. 43-55.

2 J. Ginns, Annotated Key to Pacific Northwest POLYPORES (2007)

5 D. Desjardin, M. Wood & F. Stevens, California Mushrooms: The Comprehensive Identification Guide (Timber Press 2015)

6 McKenney, Stuntz & Ammirati, The New Savory Wild Mushroom (Univ. of Wash. Press 3d. ed.)

3 D. Rust, Western Sulphur Shelf Species: Laetiporus gilbertsonii and conifericola

Description author: Joseph D. Cohen (Request Authorship Credit)