I found this while walking our dogs. Is this "chicken of the woods"?enter image description here


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This is indeed Chicken-of-the-Woods - and a nice specimen! However, there are multiple species that closely resemble each other, all called "Chicken-of-the-Woods." Based on your location and the tree it is growing on (I am guessing a hemlock or pine from the bark), it is likely Laetiporus huroniensis (see Emberger, 2008), which grows on conifers east of the Rockies (Kuo, 2017).

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Fig. 1. An older Laetiporus huroniensus found in West Virginia. image: Django Grootmyers (CC BY-SA 3.0)

If you might eat these in the future, please read this article (Margulies, 2006) concerning potential toxicity. Marley (2010) advises to eat only a small portion and not share your first time, and to not eat those growing on conifers (i.e., this cluster).


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