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Fungus Wednesday - Sulphur Shelf

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 30 November 2016 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

The "Sulphur Shelf" fungus, a.k.a. "Chicken of the Woods".

Individual "shelves" range from 2"-10" across. These shelves are made up of many tiny tubular filaments (hyphae). The mushroom grows in large brackets - some have been found that weigh over 100 pounds. It is most commonly found on wounds of trees, mostly oak, though it is also frequently found on eucalyptus, yew, sweet chestnut, and willow, as well as conifers in some species. Laetiporus species produce brown rot in the host on which they grow.

Young fruiting bodies are characterized by a moist, rubbery, sulphur-yellow to orange body sometimes with bright orange tips. Older brackets become pale and brittle almost chalk-like, mildly pungent, and are often dotted with beetle or slug/woodlouse holes. This fungus causes a brown cubical rot and embrittlement which in later stages ends in the collapse of the host tree, as it can no longer flex and bend in the wind.

Spotted off a neighborhood tree on October 18, 2016.

NIKON D7000 1/90 second F/3.5 ISO 400 18 mm

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john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Wonderful close-up! Beautiful photograph!

30 Nov 2016 5:19am

Claudine/canelle from Lorient, France

Magnifique !!!!
Bonne journée à toi

30 Nov 2016 6:59am

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Excellente prise de belles couleurs pour ces champignons. )

30 Nov 2016 7:10am

martine Libouton from Bousval, Belgium

Très beau détail!! J'aime

30 Nov 2016 9:07am

Sam from Chennai, India

Beautiful close up shot. Amazing details. Lovely. :)

30 Nov 2016 9:20am

Tomek from PoznaƄ, Poland

Superb contrast and colors combination.

30 Nov 2016 11:06am

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Awesome! Great macro!

30 Nov 2016 11:12am

Remus from Portugal

Excellent contrast of colors between the fungus and the trunk of the tree.
The level of detail is impeccable.
Well done!

30 Nov 2016 11:19am

Devi from Chennai, India

excellent capture!!!! Wonderful against the bark..and thank you for all the information...Did learn something new today !

30 Nov 2016 11:43am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

a nice crisp bracket fungus shot

30 Nov 2016 12:59pm

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

great textures also

30 Nov 2016 1:00pm

Robert D. Burr from Kingston, Ontario, Canada

A nice grouping

30 Nov 2016 1:51pm

Frances from Boston, United States

Fabulous image! Excellent contrast and light. These fungus shots are very interesting.

30 Nov 2016 2:39pm

Marjolein from Westvoorne, Netherlands

What a very special and also good name `chicken of the woods`

30 Nov 2016 2:45pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Merveilleux champignons sur le tronc quel effet.

30 Nov 2016 2:51pm

Graciel·la (Vic. Catalonia) from CAT. New European State, Poland

Excellent capture ! Can almost be caught !!

30 Nov 2016 3:12pm

Lalena from Barcelona, Spain

Awesome! Great macro!
Stunning light!!

30 Nov 2016 3:12pm

Don from Spokane, United States

WOW. An impressive growth that makes a great subject for your excellent close up.

30 Nov 2016 3:52pm

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Superb framing and beautiful luminous colors !

30 Nov 2016 5:34pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Beautiful close up. Lovely bright color and texture. I hear chicken of the woods are good to eat?

30 Nov 2016 6:46pm

@Ruthiebear: I believe that is true. I thought maybe that's how it got its nickname "chicken of the woods."

willy from Belgium

une belle prise avec de jolies couleurs Steven


30 Nov 2016 7:24pm

Francisco Romero from Leon, Spain

Great closeup! It really makes an impression.

30 Nov 2016 8:01pm

yo from Ile de France, France

Très belles textures et teintes du champignon et de l'écorce !

30 Nov 2016 8:17pm

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

That is very nicely shot. That fungus is sure stacked up beautifully.

1 Dec 2016 12:49am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A gorgeous shot of this handsome fungus. It's much prettier than the conks we have out here.

1 Dec 2016 1:07am

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

beautiful light on this fungus

1 Dec 2016 2:52am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Wow, I like this shot a lot ! Excellent details.

1 Dec 2016 9:50am

L'Angevine from Angers, France


1 Dec 2016 1:05pm

willy from Belgium

une belleimage automnale Steven


2 Dec 2016 11:03am