Turkey Tail Fungus
New Zealand Status: Native
Conservation Status: n/a
Trametes versicolor, commonly known as turkey tail fungus, can be found year round but is more obvious in winter months when deciduous trees are bare. Its cap (upper surface) colours are extremely variable, but are typically in the buff, brown, reddish brown, and cinnamon range in sharply contrasting, concentric zones of colour. At up to 100mm and 3mm thick, the cap is also finely fuzzy or velvety and they frequently overlap in layers to form large compound fruiting masses.
The white or cream coloured underside is covered in tiny shallow pores spaced at 3 to 6 pores per millimetre that do not stain significantly when bruised.
Trametes versicolor occurs mainly on dead wood, either fallen or standing. It is most commonly found on hardwoods, occasionally on conifers, mainly as a saprobic (wood-rotting) fungus but sometimes as a weak parasite on living trees.
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