|Sparassis crispa Wulfen:Fr.|
The fruiting body is a round mass of crisped and flattened wavy lobes, cauliflower-like, flesh pink to red-brown, without stem, but with a short, thick and rooting trunk.The flesh is white, slightly elastic; its taste is pleasant, nutty; the odour is pleasant, of cinnamon, sweetish, or of resin. The fertile surface is smooth. The spore print is white to creamy yellow.
It grows on wood, in coniferous woods, on stumps and also parasiting roots, favouring pines. The fruiting period takes place from July to December.
Distinctive features : cauliflower-like, a round mass of dense, crisped and flattened wavy lobes, white then pink-brown, emerging from a thick central stem; pleasant smell; on roots or stumps of conifers (favouring pines)
Sparassis crispa is quite rare and scattered in the forest of Rambouillet, and is occasional, more generally speaking .
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