Friday, October 22, 2010

100 Species Challenge #76

Specimen #76 Turkeytail
Trametes versicolor or 
Coriolus versicolor 

photo by me at a county park on a warm autumn day, 2010

This fungus does not have gills. Instead, it is a polypore, which is evident if you look at the underside. In my photo, you cannot really see the side-to-side growth habit. Blogger turns everything the wrong way on me. The thin brackets usually overlap each other, and the coloring is striped. I've seen the brackets wavy and unwavy (do I call that straight?).

I've seen this mushroom everywhere. This webpage is very helpful in determining whether you've found a real turkeytail -- click here.

Could I possibly reach 100 by the end of 2010?