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Chicken of the Woods
The Chicken of the Woods

I have often found shrivelled remains of the Chicken of the Woods (Laetiporus sulphureus) so I was delighted to find this really fresh specimen in Kilwood. It is a quite spectacular fungi creating a 'cascade' of brackets, one above another. The yellowish colour when fresh leads to its  specific name of sulphureus but I am not sure it actually contains sulphur.

Chicken of the woods is parasitic and occurs on living broad-leaved trees, especially oak and beech and sometimes yew; it is thought those on yew are poisonous acquiring toxins from the tree otherwise it is supposedly edible when newly formed.

I have no idea why it is called Chicken of the Woods I suppose it something to do with its colouring and overall appearance as I doubt it tastes like roast chicken!