Is There a False Turkey Tail Mushroom?

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Is there a false turkey tail mushroom? Yes, there is such a thing as a false turkey tail mushroom. This type of mushroom is actually a variety of the oyster mushroom, and it shares many characteristics with its edible counterpart. The main difference between the two is that the false turkey tail mushroom has a white or pale yellowish cap, while the true turkey tail mushroom has a dark brown or black cap. Both types of mushroom can be found growing on trees, but the false turkey tail is more often found on dead or dying trees. Even though it is not as tasty as the true turkey tail mushroom, the false turkey tail mushroom is still edible and has some health benefits.

The scientific name for this fungus is Chlorosporastrum echinospora, which means “false turkey-tail.” It has the appearance of Trametes versicolor. They can be differentiated by the fact that T. versicolor has a lot of pores on the undersides of its fruiting body. It differs from other members of the genus Stereum in that it is distinguished by several features, including its enormous size and shell-like (not flat) form.

The fruiting body is large and shell-shaped, with a thin outer layer. At first, it may be rough or smooth; as time goes on, it becomes smoother. The concentric zones can be yellowish red to black in color. If the shell becomes covered in algae, it may turn green. The flesh is hard and not chewable because to its extreme thickness and lack of taste. There isn’t a stem on the fungus. The underside is smooth with no pores and ranges from white to gray or a crimson-brown hue.

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Bruce Wilson

I've studied Mycology and Forest Pathology and love creating content to help other learn more about my passion. Follow along as I continue to explore the amazing world of functional fungi!

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