Sparassis spathulata 

Sparassis spathulata 05403

 Sparassis spathulata (Schwein.) Fr.

Like Sparassis americana, Sparassis spathulata is parasitic and saprotrophic with its hosts; primarily oaks, but also pines. It emerges from the base of these trees from July through October. This species has less curly ‘leaves’ than . They usually show some zonation along the spoon-like undulating branches (flabellae). They are quite delicious when relatively young, but are tougher as they age. A brown rotter.  It is in the Sparassidaceae family of the Polyporales order.