Trametes versicolor

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Trametes Versicolor, Vancouver Island, BC
Trametes Versicolor, Vancouver Island, BC, photo by Bud Logan

Trametes versicolor, or as it is more commonly called, turkey tail fungus. It can be found all through the year, but you can see it better during the winter when deciduous trees are bare. This very variable fungus grows mainly on dead hardwood, including stumps and standing dead trees as well as fallen branches. These beautiful fungi grow in profusion here on Vancouver Island, but it does not matter how many times you see them, they still catch your eye with their beauty.

This mushroom is used in traditional Chinese medicine as a  boost to the immune system and studies are being done to see what anticarcinogenic properties it contains. Its polysaccharides are thought to be the effective constituents. All i know is that it is a great spring elixer. It contains Antioxidants, and Polysaccharopeptides, and it seems to help people with poor imune systems as they go through cancer treatments.

Trametes Versicolor, Vancouver Island, BC
Trametes Versicolor, Vancouver Island, BC, photo by Bud Logan

As for edibility, they are far to tough to be considered edible, I say that you should enjoy them for their beauty, and use them as a medicine.

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