Hen of the Woods

  • forms rossettes on ground near oak
  • caps arise from a branched base
  • underside of caps is whitish, porous
  • stems attach to caps laterally
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Look-alikes in Ontario

Polyporus umbellatus is similar in form and is also considered a choice edible. It differs in that the caps are smaller (1-4 cm broad), light brown, and deeply umbilicate. The edible and similar-looking (but rare) Grifola umbellata differs in that it appears in the spring, the caps are rounder and smaller (1-4 cm broad), the stalks are attached centrally rather than laterally and the structure is less branched between the caps and the common base. The edible Meripilus sumstinei differs in that the caps are significantly larger (5-20 cm broad), they exhibit white to brownish concentric zones, and the fruiting body form large rosettes where the stems are off-center.

Related topics: Edible Berries of Ontario - Edible Plants of Ontario
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