This fungus Laetiporus cincinnatus is one of the varieties of “the chicken mushroom” (or “chicken of the woods”), so-called because of its stringy flesh and the perception by some fungus eaters of a chicken-like taste. This species often grows at the base of a live oak tree and sometimes separately but parasitic on the tree’s roots. The caps are shelf-like and form rosettes.
This specimen was discovered on an upland surface at the slope break between metamorphosed volcanic rocks and sedimentary rocks in the Uwharrie National Forest of North Carolina.
Kuo, Michael, 2018, Laetiporus cincinnatus, http://www.mushroomexpert.com/laetiporus_cincinnatus.html, accessed 24 June 2018.