Turkeytail Fungus:

Can't you see the turkeytails sticking up on this rotten log?

With the morning sun shining THROUGH these thin bracket fungi, they do look every bit like a turkey tail, especially after having just been show a good two dozen of the real thing in a local physician’s office.

The purported medical benefits do not warrant putting these common mushrooms in your mouth. In light of recent poisonings, an excess of caution is probably a good idea.

The Turkey Tail Mushroom (Trametes versicolor), aka Yun Zhi, Kawaratake, Coriolus versicolor | Wild Branch Mushrooms

Turkey Tail Mushrooms for Cancer Treatment? – Dr. Weil

Experts Warn: Don’t Eat Wild Mushrooms | InsideNova

Two More Poisonous Mushroom Cases Reported In DC | News | Georgetown News

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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