Pale Chicken of the Woods (Chicken Mushroom)
Layered, rosette or fan-shaped, fleshy; orange to pinkish orange on top; white below. Grows in overlapping clusters or rosettes on dead or dying deciduous trees, often at the base of trees, or on stumps, buried roots, or living trees. May–November. Each cap flat, fan-shaped or semicircular; light orange to pinkish orange when fresh, turning pale orange with age; texture fleshy. Pores angular; white or off-white. Stalk not present. Spore print white. Spores magnified are elliptical to round.
Lookalikes: Sulfur-colored chicken of the woods (Laetiporus sulphureus) has a bright sulfur yellow (not white) underside. No other Missouri mushrooms have the color, shape, and growing habit of the two “chicks” (L. cincinnatus and L. sulphureus).