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Turkey tail mushroom

Trametes versicolor

Coriolus versicolor

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This fan-shaped mushroom with its concentric mix of colours is reminiscent of a turkey's tail, hence its common name. Although it is not regarded as edible, this species is known for its medicinal properties. It is believed to help fight certain types of cancer, including among others leukaemia and it stimulates the immune system. It is beneficial to have in the home garden as it aids in the decomposition of dead wood(saprophyte).

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Fruiting time
Summer, Autumn, Winter, Spring

Harvesting

Harvest when the bracts are visible. Mushrooms can be dried and used to make teas or powders.

Propagation

Seed
White spores spread to acacia and poplar trees as well as dead wood of other hardwood trees where is colonises the wood and portrudes the colourful bracket on the outside of the trees.

Special features

Attractive fruits
Beautiful colorful fruiting body with medicinal value.

Geography

Origin
Europe, North America and Asia
Natural climate
Temperate

Environment

Light
Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Dry
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Hardy

Uses

Medicinal
Mostly used in cancer treatment research. It has also been proven to restore damaged bone marrow, relieve respiratory ailments, combat indigestion, urinary infections, inflammation and hepatitis B.
Edible
Edible but unpalatable and tough.

Personality

Family
Polyporaceae
Flower colour
Shades of cream, orange and brown or blue, black, grey and green
Scent
None

Problems

Green algae may develop on the mushroom cap.

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