Chicken of the Woods

  • cap has orange and yellow bands
  • grows on conifers
  • edges are yellow (edible if soft)
  • underside is yellowish, porous
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Look-alikes in British Columbia

The not-recommended (but widely eaten) Laetiporus gilbertsonii grows on hardwoods rather than conifers, but otherwise has an identical appearance. It has been implicated in symptoms of swollen lips, dizziness, vomiting, and nausea in some individuals. The inedible Pycnoporus cinnabarinus differs in that it is red or reddish, is not banded with yellow, and the edge of the cap is not soft and undulating.

See also Phyllotopsis nidulans.

Related topics: Edible Plants of BC - Edible Berries of BC - Edible Mushrooms of BC
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