|Grifola frondosa (Dicks.) S.F. Gray|
The fruiting body is a shrub of spatula-shaped or tongue-shaped caps, connected together by a thick central stem, grey to cream, branched, the grey to brown caps are numerous and intertwined.The flesh is white, soft when young, brittle; its taste is pleasant then acrid with age; the odour is of mashed potatoes, hops, mice. The fertile surface is made of white pores, under the caps. The spore print is white.
It grows on wood, in broad-leaved woods, on stumps or at the base of tree trunks which it parasites, on a rather acid soil, mostly with oaks and beech, also with hornbeam, chestnut trees. The fruiting period takes place from July to December.
Chemical tests : none.
Distinctive features : numerous grey-brown caps, spatula- or tongue-shaped, emerging and branching from a thick trunk; whitish tubes; thin pored, not blackening when bruised; at the base of deciduous tree trunks
Grifola frondosa is infrequent and scattered in the forest of Rambouillet, and is infrequent, more generally speaking .
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