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Turkey tail

Trametes versicolor


...known as Coriolus versicolor and Polyporus versicolor – is a common polypore mushroom found throughout the world. Meaning 'of several colours', versicolor reliably describes this mushroom found in different colors. By example, due to its resembling multiple colors in the tail of wild turkey, T. versicolor is commonly called turkey tail. - from Wikipedia


I would like to add this from Wikipedia: "According to the American Cancer Society: 'Available scientific evidence does not support claims that the raw mushroom itself is an effective anti-cancer agent in humans. But there is some scientific evidence that substances derived from parts of the mushroom may be useful against cancer.' " I found different colored turkey tails. They were all beautiful.

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CorduneanuVlad 3 years ago

I think that the last ones are also False Turkey Tails (Stereum Ostrea).

RiekoS 3 years ago

CorduneanuVlad: I think you are correct. I will take it off. Also, I will add another picture at the end. They do not like turkey tails, but I was told that they were. Could you kindly take a look? Thank you very much.

CorduneanuVlad 3 years ago

In order to correclty identify a Trametes Versicolor you have to follow some steps as you can read under http://www.mushroomexpert.com/trametes_v...

1) Is the pore surface a real pore surface? Like, can you see actual pores?

Yes: Continue.
No: See Stereum ostrea and other crust fungi.
2) Squint real hard. Would you say there are about 1-3 pores per millimeter (which would make them fairly easy to see), or about 3-8 pores per millimeter (which would make them very tiny)?

3-8 per mm: Continue.
1-3 per mm: See several other species of Trametes.
3) Is the cap conspicuously fuzzy, velvety, or finely hairy (use a magnifying glass or rub it with your thumb)?

Yes: Continue.
No: See several other species of Trametes.
4) Is the fresh cap whitish to grayish?

Yes: See Trametes hirsuta.
No: Continue.
5) Does the cap lack starkly contrasting color zones (are the zones merely textural, or do they represent subtle shades of the same color)?

Yes: See Trametes pubescens.
No: Continue.
6) Is the fresh mushroom rigid and hard, or thin and flexible?

Rigid and hard: See Trametes ochracea.
Thin and flexible: Totally True Turkey Tail.

CorduneanuVlad 3 years ago

The third picture looks like the Lumpy Bracket (Trametes Gibosa) and the other ones look like the False Turkey Tail (Stereum Ostrea)

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Québec, Canada

Lat: 50.74, Long: -77.34

Spotted on Mar 17, 2016
Submitted on Mar 18, 2016

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