EN · crab-of-the-woods, sulphur polypore, sulphur shelf, chicken-of-the-woods
DE · Gemeine Schwefelporling
LT · valgomoji geltonpintė
LV · parastā sērpiepe
PL · żółciak siarkowy
Laetiporus sulphureus is widely distributed across Europe and North America. It grows on dead or mature hardwoods and has been reported from a very wide variety of host trees, such as Quercus, Prunus, Pyrus, Populus, Salix, Robinia, Fagus, occasionally also from conifers. It can usually be found growing in clusters. Its fruit bodies grow as striking golden-yellow shelf-like structures on tree trunks and branches. Old fruitbodies fade to pale beige or pale grey. L. sulphureus is a saprophyte and occasionally a weak parasite, causing brown cubical rot in the heartwood of trees on which it grows.
Unlike many bracket fungi, it is edible when young, although adverse reactions have been reported. Only the young outer edges of larger specimens should be collected, as older portions tend to be tough, unpalatable. The mushroom should not be eaten raw.
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