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False Turkey Tail

Stereum ostrea


Can y'all help me out with an ID? Six shots. I'm just getting into fungi. Beautiful organisms. This is a bracket fungus of some kind, right? After that, I'm just guessing. Maybe someone can recommend a good ID resource?


Growing on the trunks of felled trees.

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False Turkey Tail
Stereum ostrea Stereum ostrea (MushroomExpert.Com)

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suzmonk 6 years ago

Thanks, ChunXingWong. And you're right, it does kind of look like rock layers in the Grand Canyon, doesn't it? Hmmm!

ChunXingWong 6 years ago

They look Beautiful with those colors and patterns of the erosion of Grand Canyon !

suzmonk 6 years ago

Thanks very much, JaredTCalvert. Good tip about taking a shot looking up into the shelf ... didn't realize until I got home that I had missed it. I think I'm realizing that the color of a shelf fungus can be influenced by algae growing on it? Like the white vs. green in this spotting?

JC_Forester 6 years ago

A good resource for your location is "Mushrooms of the Southeastern United States" by Alan E. Bessette. It is always good to get a good shot looking up into the cap or shelf if your are not collecting samples or taking spore prints. In some species like Boletus a spore print is the most valuable tool. In others it is morphology.

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Laurel, Mississippi, USA

Lat: 31.74, Long: -89.13

Spotted on Jul 7, 2013
Submitted on Jul 8, 2013

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