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Turkey Tail Fungus
Polyporaceae Trametes versicolor
Location: Brazil
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Turkey Tail Fungus

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Polyporaceae
Polyporaceae
Many Pores Family
Polyporales
Polyporales
Many Pores Order
Agaricomycetes
Agaricomycetes
Gill Class
Agaricomycotina
Agaricomycotina
Gill Subdivision
Basidiomycota
Basidiomycota
Spore Pedestal Division
Dikarya
Dikarya
Two Nuclei Cells
Fungi
Fungi
Fungus
Eukaryota
Eukaryota
Cells with a Nucleus
Polyporaceae Family
Trametes Genus

Trametes versicolor
AKA Coriolus versicolor and Polyporus versicolor
an extremely common polypore mushroom which can be found throughout the world.
Smooth underneath
The top surface of the cap shows typical concentric zones of different colours. Flesh 1-3 mm thick, leathery texture. Cap with rust-brown or darker brown, sometimes blackish zones, Older specimens, can have zones green algae growing on them, thus appearing green.
Commonly grows in tiled layers. Cap flat often triangular or round, with zones of fine hairs.
Pore surface whitish to light brown, pores round and with age twisted and labyrinthine.
The turkey tail has bioremediation potential, according to mycologist Paul Stamets. T. versicolor biodegrades a variety of pollutants.
It is eaten by the caterpillars of the fungus moth Nemaxera betulinella.
Versicolor means 'of several colours' and it is true that this mushroom is found in a wide variety of different colours.
T. versicolor is commonly called Turkey Tail in the United States because of its resemblance to the tail of the wild turkey.
T. versicolor is recognized as a medicinal mushroom in Chinese medicine under the name yun zhi .
In China and Japan T. versicolor is used as in immunoadjuvant therapy for cancer.


Turkey Tail Fungus, Trametes versicolor
or is it Polyporus versicolor?

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