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Scientific Name: Trametes versicolor
Common Name: Turkeytail Fungus
Trametes versicolor, or as it's more commonly known, the Turkeytail Fungus, is one of the most common fungi to be found in woods. The common name come from the banding pattern on the fruiting bodies that resembles the tail of a displaying turkey.
The colors of the bands can be quite variable, depending on the genetics of the organism and its environment. Most of the bands are generally dark to light brown in color, sometimes with light colored bands of white to tan, with others having bands of blue, orange and maroon.
The mushrooms are strikingly "zonate" with sharply contrasting concentric zones of color, and the surface of the cap is finely fuzzy or velvety. The effect can be strikingly beautiful, and are among the most easily found fungi, usually growing on fallen, rotting timber.
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