Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Red Car Canyon: Chicken Of The Woods

Photo: Diane Edwardson, November 10, 2014.  Measuring more than a foot across, a Chicken of the Woods (Laetiporus gilbertsonii) mushroom is "fruiting" in its regular spot on a Eucalyptus tree on the path leading to the Red Car Property in the canyon.  (Click on photo to enlarge.)

According to Mykoweb, you'll often find these exotic looking polypore mushrooms growing from the same spots in the same Eucalyptus trees each year in the fall.  The bright color fades after a couple of days.  Since Red Car Canyon has limited daylight year round, it tends to stay moist even in dry months. 

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Disclaimer: The Corralitas Red Car Property Blog prefers to quote reliable sources, such as CalFlora and California Poison Control on the issue of toxicity. MykoWeb is the resource everyone seems to refer to for mushrooms. The Los Angeles Mycological Society has a recommended reading list

If you are eating your way through the Red Car Property, we DO NOT recommend you eat any plant you find in the Red Car Property neighborhood without first doing your own research.