Sparassis americana ‘Cauliflower Mushroom’ (3 Photos and Description)

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 A saprotrophic and possibly parasitic brown or butt rotter. Annual that frequently returns in subsequent years during summer and autumn. Formerly called Sparassis cripsaSparassis americana, now known to be a European mushroom. Our eastern species is called , the "Cauliflower Mushroom". Unlike the nearly identical-looking European version, Sparassis americana has a somewhat gelatinous base that protrudes into the ground. Grows from the base of hardwoods and conifers.

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