Turkey Tails, Trametes versicolor
Polyporaceae or Polypore Family

Mushrooms in habit

Fruiting body small, up to about 4 inches across, semi-cicular to funnel shaped, with a stalk at the side, or at the center of the funnel, thin, leathery and flexible. Usually grow in clusters of few to many, often in overlapping rosettes, and sometimes fusing side-to-side. Top with striking concentric zones of whites, browns, grays, oranges and sometimes greens, reds, and blacks. Zones often also varying from smooth to fuzzy. Underside with very small (about 1/4 mm) pores, white to grayish. Pores are lined with the spore-forming structures (basidia). Grows on and decays the dead wood of hardwoods, and sometimes conifers. Can be found at any time of the year.

One of the most common mushrooms in the woods of North America. Perhaps the most common mushroom in Wildwood Park. |

Mushrooms, top view
Mushrooms, side view
Fairly easy to identify. A few, rarer species of Trametes resemble it, but they usually have larger pores and/or drabber colors. False turkey tails (Stereum ostrea), and some of its Stereum relatives are also common in the Park, and greatly resemble this species; however, they all have smooth undersurfaces without pores. Multicolor gilled polypore (Lenzites betulina) is also similar from above, but has gill-like folds below.
Mushrooms, top view
Mushroom underside


Pores close up

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