Turkey Tail

Trametes versicolor

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About

The turkey tail fungus is a small, tough bracket fungus that grows in layers on dead wood -mainly hardwood such as beech or oak.  It is very common and can be found throughout the UK on rotting stumps and branches.

How to identify

Small bracket fungi forming semi-circular caps. These are thin and tough with very clear silky-velvety concentric zones of colour. Colours are variable mixes of browns, yellow browns, greys, purples, greens and black but the outer margin is always pale - either cream or white. The caps are often layered forming tiers.

Where to find it

Grows mainly on dead hardwood including stumps of dead trees and fallen branches in deciduous woods and elsewhere.

When to find it

Can be found all year round but at its best in the autumn.

  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November

How can people help

Fungi are an important part of our woodland ecology, helping to recycle nutrients from dead or decaying organic matter. Many animals depend on them, too. The Wildlife Trusts look after many woodland reserves, managing them for the benefit of the wildlife present, often leaving standing and fallen dead wood which supports fungi. You can help by having log piles and dead wood in your own garden to encourage fungi. In partnership with the RHS, The Wildlife Trusts' Wild About Gardens initiative can help you plan your wildlife garden.

Species information

Common name
Turkey Tail
Latin name
Trametes versicolor
Category
Fungi
Statistics
Caps are up to 8cm in diameter, frequently overlapping in layers to form a much larger fruiting body. Caps are between 1-3mm thick
Conservation status
Common