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Group of Fungi: Polypores
Latin Name: Trametes versicolor (L.) Lloyd
Common Name: Turkey Tail
Description: Shelf-like or fan-shaped structure, often forming dense overlapping clusters; cap 1 1/4–3 in (3–7.5 cm) wide and up to 1/8 in (3 mm) thick, upper surface usually somewhat hairy and with concentric bands of blue, gray, yellow, black, tan, orange and brown in various shades, leathery texture; spore-bearing surface white to tan or slightly gray, with small pores present; stalk lacking; spores white in mass.
Biological Role: Decomposer of wood.
Habitat: On dead branches, fallen logs and stumps of broadleaf trees.
Geographical Distribution: Found throughout North America.
Comments: Trametes versicolor is easily identified because of the distinctive concentric bands of color on the surface of the cap. Although considered edible, most people would consider this fungus as too small and tough for human consumption. However, it is widely used in traditional medicine in parts of Asia.