| Grifola frondosa
|This late summer and fall mushroom is most often found
growing from base of oak trees. Also found beside other
hardwoods and conifers. Common names include Hen of the
Woods and Sheep's Head. The Japanese common name is
maitake, which translates to "dancing mushroom".
An edible mushroom sought out by many, Grifola frondosa has
brown to grayish "fronds" that form from a branching
structure. Pore surface is white and does not bruise black.
Compare to Merripilus sumstinei.
|Cross section Pore surface Mushroom geek
|Spore size 5-7 x 3.5-5 µ;
|A fifteen pound specimen in pristine condition.