Turkey Tail


I think this is beautiful!

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5 responses to “Turkey Tail

  1. Mainly as an anti-tumor cancer drug (for the PSK in it).

    Chinese medicine in the past has used it for all sorts of other things, anti-microbial, anti-oxidant, and anti-malarial. You make a tea with it.

  2. They’re medicinal. 🙂

    “This member of the polypore family has the longest history of medicinal use in China and Japan, where it is known as Yun Zhi and Kawaratake, respectively.”

  3. It IS beautiful, Anne! What kind of plant/mushroom/fungus/growth is this?!

    Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    • The common name is “Turkey Tail”. It is a fungus, typically grows on fallen oak trees. I found this in the forest in Southern Indiana. Thing is, I almost missed it. I was showing a friend some tips on photography & we were shooting a wild flower. Someone walking along the path said: “THAT would really make a great shot”, pointing to this incredible fungus about a foot behind me. Apparently, Turkey Tails are not poisonous, but they’re rather woody and not considered edible.