Trametes versicolor


Common Names: Turkey tail
Category: Fungi
Sub-category: Polypores


Syn, Coriolus versicolor and Polyporus versicolor. The top surface of the cap shows typical concentric zones of different colours. The flesh is 1 to 3 mm thick and has leathery texture. Older specimens, such as the one pictured, can have zones with green algae growing on them, thus appearing green. It commonly grows in tiled layers. The cap is rust-brown or darker brown, sometimes with blackish zones. The cap is flat, up to 8 x 5 x 0.5 to 1 cm in area. It is often triangular or round, with zones of fine hairs. The pore surface is whitish to light brown, pores round and with age twisted and labyrinthine. 2 to 5 pores per millimeter.

Edible Notes: Not edible, woody. But it does have history as a medicinal mushroom in Chinese medicine under the name yun zhi, it is used as in immunoadjuvant therapy for cancer.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.
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