Laetiporus cincinnatus

Common Names: White-pored chicken-of-the-woods
Category: Fungi
Sub-category: Polypores

A bracket fungus, very similar to Laetiporus sulphureus (chicken-of-the-woods), except it grows on the ground and has a white pore surface. Fruiting body is up to 60 cm across; usually consisting of several to many caps in a rosette but very rarely consisting of a shelving array near the base of the tree. Orange/yellow bands on top, with a white (instead of yellow) pore surface underneath. Color fades as it gets older or exposed to more light. The flesh is thick, soft, and moist when young, but eventually becoming tough, and finally crumbling away.

It is typically found growing on the ground (from the roots of the tree) instead of on the tree itself. It tends to favor oak trees. Typically found in the summer and fall.

Edible Notes: Like Laetiporus sulphureus, it is also edible in the same manner. Its flesh has a strong resemblance to the flavor and texture of chicken. Must be cooked first and picked when young, tender, and fresh. Some people have had gastrointestinal upset after eating this mushroom. This is, however, generally considered one of the 'safer' wild edible mushrooms to try since it isn't easily confused with any deadly species.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.