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Turkey tail (Trametes versicolor)

Turkey tail (Trametes versicolor) is a common polypore fungus identifiable by its concentric, sharply zoned bands of colors and fine hairs. A tough cap renders this mushroom inedible, but its mycelium (mass of fine, branching fibers which carry out the vegetative processes of the organism) contains polysaccharides that the Japanese have utilized for cancer therapy.

Turkey tail (Trametes versicolor), a polypore mushroom.  Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve, Antioch, Contra Costa County, California, USA. Stock Photo ID=FUN0201
Turkey tail (Trametes versicolor) polypore mushrooms on a fallen oak tree. Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve, Antioch, Contra Costa County, California, USA.
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Turkey tail (Trametes versicolor), a polypore mushroom.  Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve, Antioch, Contra Costa County, California, USA. Stock Photo ID=FUN0202
Turkey tail (Trametes versicolor), wide-angle close-up perspective. Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve, Antioch, Contra Costa County, California, USA.
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Turkey tail (Trametes versicolor), a polypore mushroom.  Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve, Antioch, Contra Costa County, California, USA. Stock Photo ID=FUN0227
Turkey tail (Trametes versicolor), low-angle view emphasizing the tiny pores on the undersurface. Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve, Antioch, Contra Costa County, California, USA.
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Turkey tail (Trametes versicolor), a polypore mushroom.  Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve, Antioch, Contra Costa County, California, USA. Stock Photo ID=FUN0226
Turkey tail (Trametes versicolor), undersides of several fruiting bodies. Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve, Antioch, Contra Costa County, California, USA.
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Turkey tail (Trametes versicolor), a polypore mushroom.  Stebbins Cold Canyon Reserve, Solano County, CA. Stock Photo ID=FUN0117
Close-up of a turkey tail (Trametes versicolor), clearly illustrating how its fine, velvety hairs correspond with its concentric color bands. Stebbins Cold Canyon Reserve, Solano County, California, USA.
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Turkey tail (Trametes versicolor), a polypore mushroom.  Stebbins Cold Canyon Reserve, Solano County, CA. Stock Photo ID=FUN0116
Turkey tail (Trametes versicolor) cluster on a fallen oak tree. Stebbins Cold Canyon Reserve, Solano County, California, USA.
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