Common Names: False turkey-tail, golden curtain crust
Sub-category: Crust Fungus
A plant pathogen and a wood decay fungi, native to North America. Sometimes confused with 'real' turkey-tail fungus (Trametes versicolor). Colorful, somewhat fuzzy cap that displays colors of brown, red, orange, buff, and green, but tends to lean towards the red colors. To tell the difference between true and false turkey tails, look underneath the cap: Stereum ostrea lacks a pore surface, and therefore has a smooth underside. It is a crust fungus rather than a polypore.
Grows on the dead wood of hardwood trees. Can be found year round.