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 somewhat similar-looking and is also considered a choice edible. It differs in that the caps are rounder, smaller (1-4 cm broad) and are deeply umbilicate (i.e., having a hole in the center that extends into the stem). Another difference is that the stem is attached at the center of the cap rather than laterally. 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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