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Turkey Tail

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A small size bracket fungus with multicoloured, zonated, faintly hairy skin and white pore surface.

Mushroom Type
Common Names Turkey tail
Scientific Name Trametes versicolor
Season Start All Year
Season End All Year
Average Mushroom height (CM)
Average Cap width (CM)
Please note that each and every mushroom you come across may vary in appearance to these photos.

Fruiting Body

2–8(10) cm across, fan-shaped, irregularly semicircular, or even rosette-like, usually in groups. Margin mostly white, off-white or buff. Its skin is faintly hairy (tomentose), velvety, often shiny when young, with concentric multicoloured zones, or covered by algae with age.

Pores

Tubes up to 3 mm long, white. Pores 3–5 per mm, circular to angular, white.

Flesh

Thin, up to 3 mm thick, flexible-leathery, white when young, creamy or buff with age.

Habitat

On dead hardwood logs, trunks and fallen branches, rarely on conifers too, in rows or tiers. Saprotrophic, causes white-rot.

Possible Confusion

Smoky bracket (Bjerkandera adusta), pictured, has a greyish pore surface.
Ochre bracket (Trametes ochracea) has less colour on its cap and different brown colours are the dominant, mostly found on birch, but rather common on beech and poplar too, however it is a much less common mushroom.
Hairy curtain crust (Stereum hirsutum) has no visible pores at all, its underneath is smooth and yellow, while false turkey tail (Stereum ostrea) has smooth, reddish brown to reddish buff underneath, and its cap is less hairy (tomentose) than hairy curtain crust’s.

Spore Print

Spore print is white. Spores are colourless (hyalin), narrow-cylindric (sausage-like) and smooth.

Taste / Smell

Inedible, without distinct taste or smell.

Frequency

Very common and widespread.

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