Fistulina hepatica Fistulinaceae Beefsteak Fungus

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Fistulina hepatica, Beefsteak fungus. A rather unusual bracket fungus which is usually found growing on Oaks or Sweet Chestnut. I have also found it on an Evergreen Oak in Guernsey. The upper surface is a dull red, often glistening in damp weather, and the lower surface is creamy white, with minute pores, finally turning brown. The bracket remains quite soft and fleshy, and when damaged oozes red liquid. Thus it is thought to resemble some kind of meat, and is, indeed, edible, but rather acidic.

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