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Beefsteak fungus

Fistulina hepatica


When fully developed the fruitbody of Fistulina hepatica is irregular in shape but often fan-shaped or tongue-like. The caps range from 10 to 30 cm across and 3 to 6 cm thick. The upper surface of a beefsteak fungus gradually turns deep red and develops a rough warty surface. The straw-yellow pores become reddish-brown as the fruiting body ages and they bruise deep red-brown. It is very easy to separate the tubes which, unlike those of many other polypores, are not bonded together.


Fistulina hepatica is saprobic and sometimes weakly parasitic on the wood of hardwoods, especially oaks and chestnut. Growing alone or in small groups near the bases of trees and on stumps.


One of my personal favorite polypore fungus spotted in a mixed forest in rural area of Twello, Holland. (sources:see reference)

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Jae 8 years ago

Thank you, Marta. And they are quite big indeed, this one would make a nice size steak too :)

The MnMs
The MnMs 8 years ago

Wow! I love the color! This year the mushrooms are huge in size! :-)

Jae 8 years ago

Thank you, Mark. I can't complain :) We've had a great summer and a mild fall so far.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

Nice specimen and series. It looks like you're enjoying your fungi season.

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Gelderland, Netherlands

Spotted on Oct 23, 2014
Submitted on Oct 23, 2014

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