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Coriolus versicolor.   Click a photo to enlarge it.   back to list

synonyms: Manyzoned Polypore, Polypore versicolore, Schmetterlingsporling, Trametes versicolor, Turkey Tail
Coriolus versicolor Mushroom
Ref No: 7606
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Coriolus versicolor2 Mushroom
Ref No: 7607
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Coriolus versicolor3 Mushroom
Ref No: 7608
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location: North America, Europe
edibility: Inedible
fungus colour: Green, Red or redish or pink, Brown, Black or blackish, Grey to beige
normal size: 5-15cm
cap type: Other
stem type: Lateral, rudimentary or absent
flesh: Flesh fibrous usually pliable (like grass)
spore colour: White, cream or yellowish
habitat: Grows on wood

Coriolus versicolor (L. ex Fr.) Quél. syn. Trametes versicolor (L. ex Fr.) Pilát. Turkey Tail, Schmetterlingsporling Polypore versicolore, Manyzoned Polypore. Bracket 4–10cm across, 3–5cm wide, 0.1–0.3cm thick, leathery, usually forming large overlapping tiered groups; upper surface velvety becoming smooth with age, colour very variable, concentrically zoned black-green, grey-blue, grey-brown or ochraceous-rust, with a white to cream margin. Flesh tough and leathery, white. Taste and smell not distinctive. Tubes 0.5–1mm long, white drying yellowish. Pores 3–5 per mm, circular or irregularly angular, white, yellowish or light brown. Spores straw-yellow, ellipsoid, 5.5–6´1.5–2m. Hyphal structure trimitic. Habitat on deciduous wood. Season all year. Very common. Not edible.
This is a very variable species and some authors recognize several forms. Distribution, America and Europe.

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charlie sims (United States) - 08 October 2013

Is this turkey tail?
Trametes versicolor
Tudor Ioana (Romania) - 19 December 2012

Tudor Ioana si Paul Covic, Romania, 19 decembrie 2012
Trametes versicolor
Jodi Eckenhoff (United States) - 09 October 2012

Found in Michigan on October 7, 2012
Trametes versicolor
Stewart Aucoin (United States) - 01 September 2012

USA, Louisiana
Trametes versicolor
Kristina Trott (United States) - 26 January 2012

Trametes versicolor
Kristina Trott (United States) - 09 January 2012

Trametes versicolor
Jo Priestnall (United Kingdom) - 28 June 2011

Cornwall March 04
Trametes versicolor
Tony Wharton (United Kingdom) - 26 October 2010

Photographed in Piper's Hill Wood, Worcestershire.
Trametes versicolor
Lorand Bartho (Hungary) - 06 November 2008

Trametes versicolor
Lorand Bartho (Hungary) - 06 November 2008

Trametes versicolor
Lorand Bartho (Hungary) - 24 October 2008

Trametes versicolor
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