This is an infographic/ID aid that I made for the relatively common shelf fungi, turkey tail. This fungi has been used since at least 500 B.C. for its apparent revitalizing effect. Contemporary research on compounds derived from the species, including several beta-glucans and the polysaccharide PSK, have shown initial promise in regulating immune system functions. Such modulatory effects may help scientists develop new treatments that target both cancer as well as viral strains.
If you live in the Northern Hemisphere, this species is one of the most common fruiting fungi you may come across on head hardwoods between May through December, though some samples will overwinter given the right microclimatic conditions. Turkey tail has several close look-alike species including: False turkey tail (Stereum ostrea group), Hairy bracket (Trametes hirsuta), and Mossy maze polypore (Cerrena unicolor) among others.
COMMON SENSE DISCLOSURE: ***DO NOT CONSUME ANY FUNGI WITHOUT THE POSITIVE IDENTIFICATION FROM AN EXPERT. FUNGAL POISONS ARE COMMON AND CAN POTENTIALLY BE FATAL***
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