Hen of the Woods - Grifola frondosa

Foraging and identification of Hen of the Woods (Grifola frondosa))

Edible mushroom - novice Season - Autumn Common names Hen of the Woods, Maitake. Sheep's Head, King of the Mushrooms, Dancing Mushroom

Scientific name meaning: Grifola is from the Greek Griphos meaning intricate. Frondosa is of Latin origin, from Frondosus, meaning leafy or full of leaves

Hen of the Woods (Grifola forndosa) Habitat


Found at the base of oak trees, of which it is a weak parasite. It can also grow saprophytically

Hen of the Woods overall structure