Semicircular, tough, hairy, multicolored, zoned bracket fungus with white, leathery, gill-like tubes beneath. Grows on dead deciduous wood. July–November. Cap semicircular; with concentric orange and brown zones, although sometimes white, cream, grayish or brownish; texture tough, hairy; often greenish because of algae growing in the hairs. Underside white, with leathery, gill-like tubes that are radially arranged, forked, and fused. Stalk not present. Spore print white. Spores magnified are cylindrical, smooth, colorless.
Lookalikes: Turkey tail (Trametes versicolor) doesn’t have a gill-like underside. False turkey tail (Stereum ostrea) has a smooth underside.
Habitat and Conservation
Mushrooms are a lot like plants, but they lack chlorophyll and have to take nutrients from other materials. Mushrooms are neither plants nor animals. They are in a different kingdom — the fungi. Fungi include the familiar mushroom-forming species, plus the yeasts, molds, smuts, and rusts.
Always be cautious when eating edible mushrooms. Be absolutely sure of the ID, and only eat a small amount the first time you try it to avoid a reaction..