Laetiporus conifericola is one of several species of Sulphur Shelf Fungus found in North America. They grow and decay snags, stumps and logs of conifers and hardwoods, causing a brown rot of the heartwood. Laetiporus conifericola can be found throughout our region, and in some years produces spectacular quantities of fruiting bodies as has happened this summer in our lowland conifer forests. Look for it as you hike along forest trails. It occurs in parks and urban settings as well.
Laetiporus conifericola is part of the Burke Museum's Featured Fungi 2009 series.
Photo by J. Ammirati