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False Turkey Tail fungus

Stereum ostrea


Stereum ostrea is often called the "False Turkey Tail." They mimic trametes versicolor. Like the "true" Turkey Tail, Stereum ostrea has a colorful, somewhat fuzzy cap that displays zones of brown, red, orange, buff, and green colors. While it might be said that Stereum ostrea is more red, more of the time, the tell-tale difference between true and false Turkey Tails is found underneath the cap: Stereum ostrea lacks a pore surface, and therefore has a smooth underside. In other words, it is a crust fungus rather than a polypore. Growing densely (but usually individually, without fusing together) spring, summer, fall, and winter; widely distributed in North America.


These false turkey tail mushrooms were spotted on a tree trunk in the marshes of Grayton Beach State Park, Santa Rosa, Florida. These little mushrooms certainly looked like small turkey tails.


I have researched the "mushroom expert" website and also project noah's mushroom mapping website and have changed this spotting to a "false turkey tail fungus."

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False turkey tail

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1 Comment 8 years ago

Thanks for suggestion. I did see false turkey tail in the National Aububon Socieity guide to mushrooms but the one I spotted did not look like the one in the book. I will go on the mushroom website and check further. Thanks Alan
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Florida, USA

Spotted on Jan 11, 2014
Submitted on Jan 12, 2014

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