Turkey Tail

(Trametes versicolor)

Conservation Status
Turkey Tail
Photo by Kirk Nelson
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Description
 
 

Turkey Tail is a very common, widespread, wood decaying, bracket fungus. It is the most common polypore and one of the most common mushrooms in North American woodlands. It fruits in the spring and persists through the summer or fall. It is found in rows, dense overlapping clusters, or rosettes on dead logs or stumps. It is saprobic, occurring on logs and stumps of dead hardwood trees, especially oaks.

The fruiting body is a small to medium-sized, unstalked bracket. The bracket is circular, semi-circular, fan-shaped, or kidney-shaped. It can be ¾ to 4 in diameter, but is usually no more than 2¾ in diameter. It is leathery and flexible when fresh, becoming rigid and less flexible when dry. The upper surface is dry and velvety due to a dense covering of fine hairs. It is variable in color with narrow, alternating, concentric bands of white, gray, brown, yellowish-buff, reddish-brown, or black. It is also variable in texture, with alternating hairy and silky smooth zones. The margin is white or creamy when the cap is actively growing.

The underside is white to yellowish and densely covered with spore-bearing pores. The pores are minute but visible without a hand lens. There are 3 to 8 pores per millimeter. The spore tubes are no more than 1 16 deep.

The flesh is tough and leathery.

The spore print is white or yellowish.

 
     
 

Similar Species

 
 

False Turkey Tail (Stereum ostrea) usually forms individual brackets that do not fuse into rosettes. It is often orange above. The underside is smooth to slightly bumpy with no pores.

Smoky Polypore (Bjerkandera adusta) is usually weakly zoned in shades of gray and brown, sometimes not zoned. The margins turn brown to black on mature and older specimens. The pore surface on mature specimens is smoky gray to blackish.

 
     
 
Habitat and Hosts
 
 

Dead hardwoods, especially oaks; sometimes on wounds of live trees; rarely on conifers

 
     
 
Biology
 
 

Season

 
 

Present year round but fruits in the spring

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Distribution Map

 

Sources

4, 7, 24, 26, 29, 30, 77.

 
  10/25/2021      
         
 

Occurrence

 
 

Very common and widespread

 
         
 
Taxonomy
 
  Kingdom Fungi (fungi)  
  Subkingdom Dikarya  
  Phylum Basidiomycota (club fungi)  
  Subphylum Agaricomycotina (jelly fungi, yeasts, and mushrooms)  
  Class Agaricomycetes (mushroom-forming fungi)  
  Subclass Agaricomycetidae  
  Order Polyporales (shelf fungi)  
  Family Polyporaceae (bracket fungi)  
  Genus Trametes  
  Species Complex Trametes versicolor Species Complex  
       
 

Four species, Trametes pubescens, Trametes ochracea, Trametes ectypa, and Turkey Tail (Trametes versicolor), form a species complex. The species are morphologically very similar, differing only in the color and texture of the upperside of the bracket. They are also genetically distinct – they are not sexually compatible.

 
       
 

Synonyms

 
 

Boletus versicolor

Coriolus versicolor

Polyporus versicolor

 
       
 

Common Names

 
 

Many-colored Polypore

Turkey Tail

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Glossary

Saprobic

Obtaining its nutrients from non-living organic matter, such as decaying plant or animal matter.

 

 

 

 

 
 
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Published on Sep 30, 2012

Please comment, share, like and subscribe: http://www.youtube.com/user/Earthwalker40 then check out http://www.blogger.com/profile/16589694922742883622 These Turkey tail mushrooms, Tramates versicolor, Coriolus versicolor were found on hardwood on 9/30/2012 while fall mushroom hunting in SW Ohio. Turkey tail is a member of the medicinal mushroom group, and is a polypore which grows on wood. How to find turkey tail mushrooms.

   
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http://www.youtube.com/user/Earthwalker40 then check out http://www.blogger.com/profile/16589694922742883622 This is a nice flush of Tremetes versicolor / Turkey tail / wild medicinal mushrooms found in the hardwood forest of southern Ohio. These wild medicinal mushrooms are members of the Polypore family. Mushroom hunting is an exciting and healthy pastime. How to find fall wild medicinal mushrooms.

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  Turkey Tail Mushroom (Trametes versicolor), Dorris Ranch, Springfield, Oregon, USA
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Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trametes_versicolor

Encyclopedia of Life (EOL): http://eol.org/pages/190215/overview

   
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An afternoon spent in the forest provided some incredible medicinal mushrooms to take home! The forest itself listened to my intention and offered this majestic medicine in a truly magical way!

   

 

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