Tower of Turkey Tails

turkeytail towerEver wonder what happens to the tail feathers of all those turkeys that we consume over the holidays? Well they don’t end up here, I assure you! Wish I knew what species of tree this was that the turkey tail fungi are busy breaking down. Actually, the popular turkey tail fungus has a host of look-alikes. The true turkey tail, Trametes versicolor, can vary in color, but it always has tiny pores — not gills — on its undersurface. The upper surface is fuzzy, has contrasting color zones, and is hard and rigid. Not sure what you’ve got? Check here for sure-fire ID of this busy decomposer.

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