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Laetiporus sulphureus? Charleston, SC


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The mushrooms have an almost suede or velvet texture that isn't captured in the photos.  They are growing from a wound on an Oak tree.

The weather has been unseasonably warm this month and feels more like April than December.  Maybe conditions have been just right Laetiporus sulphureus?

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I think you will need to allow these to mature somewhat in order to get a better read on traits yet to develop. Looks to be in the button stage, probably will expand and spread/flatten somewhat. I don't think this is Laetiporus sulphureus, color seems too pale. But, it may be Laetiporus gilbertsonii var. pallidus, a pale orange Chicken Mushroom listed as a fall/winter oak-inhabiting species of southern NA. 

Second guess... Inonotus quercustris. But, for now I'd lean toward L. gilbersonii var. pallidus.

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