Cauliflower Mushroom Sparassis spathulata (Schwein.) Fr.  

Description:

Fruiting body white to cream; lettuce-like folded, flattened, stiff lobes with light tips; lacks stalk and deep root. Lacks pores (J. Solem, pers. comm.).

Where to find:

Habitat: At or near base of decaying hardwoods (oaks) and conifers (pines).

There are 40 records in the project database.

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A Cauliflower Mushroom in Howard Co., Maryland (8/4/2008). Fruiting body. Photo by Joanne Solem. (MBP list)

A Cauliflower Mushroom in Howard Co., Maryland (9/14/2015). Fruiting body. Photo by Joanne Solem. (MBP list)

A Cauliflower Mushroom in Howard Co., Maryland (11/28/2009). Fruiting body. Photo by Richard Orr. (MBP list)

A Cauliflower Mushroom in Howard Co., Maryland (8/6/2012). Old fruiting body. Photo by Joanne Solem. (MBP list)

Cauliflower Mushroom growing in Montgomery Co., Maryland (8/5/2018). Determined by Jo Solem. Photo by Anne Looker. (MBP list)

A damaged Cauliflower Mushroom in Howard Co., Maryland (8/16/2011). Photo by Richard Orr. (MBP list)

Cauliflower Mushroom spores in Howard Co., Maryland (9/14/2015). Oval, smooth; measured 4.9 – 6.0 X 4.0 – 4.8 microns. Photo by Robert Solem. (MBP list)


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