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False turkey tail (Stereum hirsutum)

False turkey tail (Stereum hirsutum) is a conspicuous shelf fungus whose brackets often fuse together laterally, forming large, dense mats. As the common name implies, this species may be mistaken for turkey tail (Trametes versicolor), but S. hirsutum has a smooth spore-bearing surface (underside), whereas T. versicolor has visible pores. The concentric color bands on the upper surface of false turkey tail are also much more orange and make for a very striking display that is difficult to miss.

False turkey tail (Stereum hirsutum) with smooth undersurface clearly visible.  Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve, Antioch, Contra Costa County, California, USA. Stock Photo ID=FUN0207
False turkey tail (Stereum hirsutum) with smooth undersurface clearly visible. Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve, Antioch, Contra Costa County, California, USA.
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False turkey tail (Stereum hirsutum), several fruiting bodies growing in close proximity to each other.  Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve, Antioch, Contra Costa County, California, USA. Stock Photo ID=FUN0206
False turkey tail (Stereum hirsutum), several fruiting bodies growing in close proximity to each other. Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve, Antioch, Contra Costa County, California, USA.
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