turkey tailed trametes

September 23, 2010

in Plants, Trees, Woods and Forests

Trametes Versicolour - Turkey Tail Fungus   |   Mesmerising Moments

Colourful, curling can-can skirts surround the tree stump. Layered brackets, poking out from bark cracks.

Fans of fiery orange and deep purpley-brown halo finished in white.

Aglow after this afternoon’s rain – I can almost hear you spreading through the wood.

I think you might be Trametes, but I am never sure. So to avoid a travesty I’ll leave you where you are.

Dancing round the birch stump, turkey tails ablaze, spreading spores and stacking up, growing every day. Some say you can be eaten, or even sipped in tea. But like I said, I’m not so sure, so I will

leave you be.

This picture was taken during this Mesmerising Moment on a mobile phone camera.

Unless you’ve studied fungi DO NOT EAT any foraged mushrooms. Fungi are deceptive and while pretty to look at some are deadly. Very often deadly mushrooms resemble edible mushrooms and it’s easy to make a fatal mistake.

But they are mesmerising!

Find out more about the Turkey Tail Fungus (Trametes versicolour) on the Mushroom Expert website.

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