The Turkeytail Fungus is one of the most common of the bracket fungi and it helps to recycle fallen wood. It speeds up the rotting process of dead wood and so helps to stop the build up of debris in woodlands and forests. The fruit body has a striped-ring appearance that varies in colour depending on where the fungi is in its lifespan. Colours of this zoned fruitbody include grey, black, brown, green and violet, and together with its shape mean that it resembles a turkey’s tail.
Other names: Trametes Versicolor, Many-Zoned Polypore
Habitat: Dead wood, such as logs and tree stumps, mainly hardwood.
Season: All year round.
Fun Fact: In the past people used to dry them and use them as jewellery or hat decorations.
This work has been made possible with funding from Grow Wild and The Big Lottery Fund at Kew Gardens. The artwork was created by local artist Kanj Nicholas and photographs taken at Boundary Way by the Boundary Way Project Team.
NOTE: Many mushrooms & fungi are poisonous, please never forage or eat any mushroom unless an expert mycologist has confirmed your identification. The Boundary Way Project accepts no liability for injury or death caused by the foraging for and/or consumption of misidentified mushrooms & fungi.