Common: Hen of the Woods
Latin: Grifola frondosa
Eating notes: Only collect young specimens. Older fruit bodies become fibrous and gain an unpleasant smell.
Preserving: Can be dried.
Fruit body: 15-40cm across. Make up of a large number of fan-shapes caps joined to a central branching stem. Each cap is 3-8cm across , grey-brown in colour and often has a wavy margin.
Stem: Branching, off-white or cream.
Tubes: 2-3mm long, heavily decurrent.
Habitat: Parasitic on Oak and Beech trees. Fruit body grows at the base of the trunk