Introduction to Fall Mushrooms
by Michael W. Beug Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Evergreen State College, Olympia WA
The Sulfur Shelf or Chicken of the Woods, is actually composed of a group of at least three different species. The one illustrated is Laetiporus conifericola, a mediocre edible that grows on conifers and makes some people quite ill. Laetiporus sulphureus, is a very similar and spectacularly distinctive wood-rotting polypore. When young, the active growing margin is tender and can be eaten. Laetiporus sulphureus is a highly prized edible. There are reports of stomach upset when the Sulfur Shelf grows on Eucalyptus. The species in this case is usually Laetiporus gilbertsonii.