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Trametes versicolor
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Trametes versicolor

Common Name: Turkey Tail

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Substrate: Downed wood. Logs

Spore Color: White

Comments:

A commonly encountered mushroom, but it can take several different forms. The surface of the cap can be only shades of brown, or there could be shades of blue thrown in. Sometimes there can even be some reddish shades. It can be have a growth form that contains single shelfs on the side of the log, or it can be small rosettes of shelfs. The main thing to look for are small pores on the underside and a cap surface that is zoned and slightly fuzzy.

This is one of the best medicinal mushrooms that grows locally. Those who take it medicinally will make a mushroom tea with the dried fruitbody. It has anti-tumor properties. 

Lookalikes: 

Stereum ostrea, but there are no pores on the underside. Stereum hirsutum has gray and white color zones, with a hairy surface. Trametes pubescens has a white, smooth surface without color zones.

Pictures:

Trametes versicolor

9/8/12 - Matter Park - Marion, IN

Trametes versicolor

A common variation has blue tints mixed in.

3/30/13 - Orange County, IN

Trametes versicolor

9/28/11 - Paynestown SRA - Bloomington, IN