Chicken Of The Woods
This tree can be found mainly on broad-leaved trees. It is vary rare to find it on conifers:
Commonly found on trees with a coloured heartwood – Oak and Robinia
Bright yellow fan shaped bracket 10-40 cm across. Generally found growing in overlapping groups. The underside of the fungus is sulphur-yellow. The pours underneath are fine, with an aromatic fragrance when young, and of urine when old. Brackets that are old look like curd cheese. Generally new fruiting bodies can be found from May – September.
Place Of Decay:
Main stem, stem base, rarely on the roots.
Consequence & Type Of Decay:
Brown rot especially in the heartwood. The wood becomes brittle, eventually turning powdery causing – Brittle fracture.