Chicken of the urban woods

I’ve grown tired of seeing Ganoderma, Rigidoporus, Perenniporia, and so on, over the winter. Give me some annual brackets! Thankfully, after seeing others find chicken of the woods all over the darn option, I’ve found some as well. Not necessarily exciting for most, though I’m a huge fan of the fungus, and mostly because of its versatile morphology and brilliant colours (from the active phase though to the inactive phase). I wouldn’t even attempt to eat one of the sporophores from an urban setting, because of the pollutants in the air and so on, though I’m generally more than happy to just inspect in place of eat. After all, the sporophore is usually a great home for flies, which need the food more than I do.

Anyway, I’m indebted to a few trees of the genus Prunus for today’s finds. They never fail to provide on the fungal front, after all – granted, because they’re usually battered and bruised by topping cuts and mower damage.

Laetiporus sulphureus Prunus cerasifera Pissardii 1
Look up… look down…
Laetiporus sulphureus Prunus cerasifera Pissardii 2
Evidently the bottom sporophore on this Pissard plum got a little bruised!
Laetiporus sulphureus Prunus cerasifera Pissardii 3
But the one in the crown is fine.
Laetiporus sulphureus Prunus cerasifera Pissardii 4
…and it has begun to hug a twig. Fungi are tree huggers, too.
Laetiporus sulphureus Prunus cerasifera Pissardii 5
Caught this one fresh! Probably not even that old.
Laetiporus sulphureus Prunus cerasifera Pissardii 6
It’s literally tiny. Maybe 3-4cm in diameter.
Laetiporus sulphureus Prunus cerasifera Pissardii 7
As we can see, it’s coming out from an old branch pruning wound.This fungus certainly does like to produce its sporophore on exposed herartwood.
Laetiporus sulphureus Prunus sp. 1
This ornamental cherry is still ornamental, albeit in a different way.
Laetiporus sulphureus Prunus sp. 2
Such vivid colours on these two. The rich orange-yellow makes this fungus so attractive to the eye, and also impossible to miss.
Laetiporus sulphureus Prunus sp. 3
A bit of a side profile.
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Chicken of the urban woods

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