Turkey Tails belongs to a group of fungi known as the ploypores. The fruit bodies are shelf-like or fan-shaped and often grow in overlapping patterns from woody substrates, primarily stumps and logs of hardwoods. The upper surface has multicolored concentric bands and is covered by small,dense hairs. The fruit bodies are tough, leathery and inedible. The lower surface is covered with small white to yellowish tubes that have rounded pores. It is common throughout the region and is a major decomposer, causing the a white rot and resulting in extensive decay of woody substrates.
Trametes versicolor is part of the Burke Museum's Mushroom of the Month series.
Photo by J. Ammirati