Tuesday, March 25, 2014

turkey tail ~ 03/25/14 ~ Lewis Creek

turkey tail
Trametes versicolor

Look at the pores!  From the top, it looks very similar to false turkey tail with both having strips of fuzz, but the "true" turkey tail is more velvety in texture, like fluffy corduroy upholstery.  For me, these lack the characteristic orange tinge of false turkey tail.  Plus, it has a thicker 'shroom appearance at the edges, especially when they're fresh.  This batch was growing on a fallen incense-cedar, which is reportedly rare for this hardwood saprobe.

Again, I normally don't go around pulling fungi off wood to take pictures of the underside, but this comparison endeavor was for Cindy @ Dipper Ranch.  I have no idea if these comparisons can be made beyond my local CA range.


Cindy said...

Wow, big difference. Thanks for posting. We've experimented with sticking our cell phone cameras under shrooms to get underside. Sometimes works.

Katie (Nature ID) said...

I hope this helps; it helped me for sure. To me, they're pretty distinguishable even without looking at the pores, but maybe I haven't seen enough to get a good sense of variation.