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Chicken of the woods (Laetiporus sulphureus)

Bright, bold and soft to the touch. With its distinctive look, chicken of the woods is easy to spot on the trunks of trees like oak and cherry.

A thick, fleshy bracket fungus, bright creamy yellow with bands of orange when young, fading to cream with age. It has succulent, soft and moist crumbly flesh. The upper surface is velvety, and it has very small pores underneath. It has a strong ‘fungus’ smell.

Seen in the gardens if Chiswick House in August 2020


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