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Fungi: Basidiomycota: Agaricomycetes: Polyporales: Meripilaceae: Grifola frondosa (Dicks.) Gray, 1821

Grifola frondosa – Hen of the woods

Synonyms: Agaricus frondosus, Boletus cristatus, Boletus elegans, Boletus frondosus, Boletus intybaceus, Caloporus frondosus, Cladodendron frondosum, Cladomeris frondosa, Cladomeris intybacea, Fungus squamatin-incumbens, Grifola albicans, Grifola intybacea, Merisma frondosum, Merisma intybaceum, Polypilus frondosus, Polypilus intybaceus, Polyporus albicans, Polyporus barrelieri, Polyporus frondosus, Polyporus intybaceus.

Common name: hen of the woods.

Russian names: Grifola kurchavaya, Grib-baran, Trutovik gustolistvennyy, Meytake, Tantsuiushchiy grib, Trutovik listovatyy, Grifola listvennaya, grib-baran.

Extract from Wikipedia article: Grifola frondosa is a polypore mushroom that grows in clusters at the base of trees, particularly oaks. The mushroom is commonly known among English speakers as hen of the woods, hen-of-the-woods, ram's head and sheep's head. It is typically found in late summer to early autumn. In the United States' supplement market, as well as in Asian grocery stores, the mushroom is known by its Japanese name maitake (舞茸, "dancing mushroom"). Throughout Italian American communities in the northeastern United States, it is commonly known as the signorina mushroom. G. frondosa should not be confused with Laetiporus sulphureus, another edible bracket fungus that is commonly called chicken of the woods or "sulphur shelf". Like all polypores, the fungus becomes inedible when older, because it is then too tough to eat.

Photos of this mushroom from the area of St. Petersburg, Russia

Hen-of-the-woods polypore mushroom (<B>Grifola frondosa</B>) on display on mushroom exhibition in Botanic Institute. Saint Petersburg, Russia, <A HREF="../date-en/2013-09-20.htm">September 20, 2013</A>
LinkHen-of-the-woods polypore mushroom (Grifola frondosa) on display on mushroom exhibition in Botanic Institute. Saint Petersburg, Russia, September 20, 2013
Hen-of-the-wood fungus (<B>Grifola frondosa</B> polypore mushroom) on mushroom show in Botanic Gardens of Komarov Botanical Institute. Saint Petersburg, Russia, <A HREF="../date-en/2016-10-01.htm">October 1, 2016</A>
LinkHen-of-the-wood fungus (Grifola frondosa polypore mushroom) on mushroom show in Botanic Gardens of Komarov Botanical Institute. Saint Petersburg, Russia, October 1, 2016
Location on mapsСанкт-Петербург, улица Профессора Попова, 2Ж
Hen-of-the-wood fungus (polypore mushroom <B>Grifola frondosa</B>) near a base of a large oak tree in Dubki Park in Sestroretsk, west from Saint Petersburg. Russia, <A HREF="../date-en/2016-10-02.htm">October 2, 2016</A>
LinkHen-of-the-wood fungus (polypore mushroom Grifola frondosa) near a base of a large oak tree in Dubki Park in Sestroretsk, west from Saint Petersburg. Russia, October 2, 2016
Location on mapsСанкт-Петербург, Сестрорецк
Hen-of-the-wood fungus (polypore mushroom <B>Grifola frondosa</B>) on a root of oak tree in Dubki Park in Sestroretsk, west from Saint Petersburg. Russia, <A HREF="../date-en/2016-10-02.htm">October 2, 2016</A>
LinkHen-of-the-wood fungus (polypore mushroom Grifola frondosa) on a root of oak tree in Dubki Park in Sestroretsk, west from Saint Petersburg. Russia, October 2, 2016
Location on mapsСанкт-Петербург, Сестрорецк
Large hen-of-the-wood fungus (polypore mushroom <B>Grifola frondosa</B>) in Dubki Park in Sestroretsk, west from Saint Petersburg. Russia, <A HREF="../date-en/2016-10-02.htm">October 2, 2016</A>
LinkLarge hen-of-the-wood fungus (polypore mushroom Grifola frondosa) in Dubki Park in Sestroretsk, west from Saint Petersburg. Russia, October 2, 2016
Location on mapsСанкт-Петербург, Сестрорецк
Hen-of-the-wood fungus (polypore mushroom <B>Grifola frondosa</B>) near an old oak in Dubki Park in Sestroretsk, west from Saint Petersburg. Russia, <A HREF="../date-en/2016-10-02.htm">October 2, 2016</A>
LinkHen-of-the-wood fungus (polypore mushroom Grifola frondosa) near an old oak in Dubki Park in Sestroretsk, west from Saint Petersburg. Russia, October 2, 2016
Location on mapsСанкт-Петербург, Сестрорецк

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Russian web-forums Planeta Gribov, V Kontakte, and Griby Sredney Polosy for learning names of local mushrooms.

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