Fistulina hepatica

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Fistulina hepatica

25 August 2008 West Sussex. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Common Name

Beefsteak Fungus, Ox-Tongue Fungus

Fruiting Body

Tongue shaped, laterally attached to the substrate, upper surface sticky or damp, blood red, darkening with age, under surface 2-3 pores per mm, whitish, red brown with age, to about 25 cm across

Flesh

Firm, succulent, marbled, red

Smell

Indistinct

Taste

Acidic

Season

Autumn

Distribution

Common

Habitat

On living and dead deciduous trees, favouring oak, but also sweet chestnut and beech

Spore Print

Pale yellow

Microscopic Features

Spores ovoid, smooth (5-6) x (3.5-4.5) µm2

Edibility

Edible, excellent

Notes

Take care not to confuse with young specimens of Inonotus hispidus which favours Ash