Friday, February 11, 2011

western cauliflower mushroom
Sparassis radicata

Did a quick search this morning and can't find anything that quite looks like this. I'll keep searching. It looks like an airy toasted pastry. Can you ID?

ps - I posted this earlier today (02/16/11) as an unknown meringue-pie-looking fungus. Indeed, it was about the size of a pie, too. Thanks to Jim Johnson's comment below, I was able to track down the ID. Interesting to note, MushroomExpert (linked in the common names) states this is a different species from the eastern cauliflower mushrooms (S. crispa and S. spathulata), which are supposedly primarily found under hardwoods, whereas our true western version is found under pines, as evidenced in my picture. The toasty look in the pic above simply means it's an older fruiting body. Like pie and cauliflower this is an edible mushroom... I think I'm hungry.

5 comments:

texwisgirl said...

Oh yeah! Merengue (sp?)

Nature ID (Katie) said...

Oh, that's the word I was searching for. I'm renaming this unknown just for you, twg.

Jim Johnson said...

Hi Katie. I'm no fungoid expert, but I'd guess this is a cauliflower mushroom (Sparassis.

Nature ID (Katie) said...

Jim, you're awesome. Thanks! I added a postscript and corrected the ID above.

biobabbler said...

Super cool looking fungus I don't think I've ever seen before. Nice. And yes, perhaps it is time for a snack. =) Isn't it always?