Cauliflower Fungus
Sparassis crispa
Clavariaceae (Coral Fungi) Family
 
This is an eastern species which is much more flattened and has short branches and somewhat larger spores.  Clauliflower Fungus is common under pine trees or broad-leaved trees in bottom swamp lands. Its body is 6-8 inches high and about 6 inches thick; fleshy white to yellowish in color.  The plant consists of a series of branches with flattened tips; not easily broken when touched. Its conspicuous cauliflower-like appearance makes the species a distinctive fungus.
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