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Fistulina hepatica.   Click a photo to enlarge it.   back to list

synonyms: Beefsteak Fungus, Fistuline hépatique, Langue de boeuf, Leberpilz, Ox Tongue
Fistulina hepatica 2 Mushroom
Ref No: 7726
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Fistulina hepatica Mushroom
Ref No: 7727
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location: North America, Europe
edibility: Choice
fungus colour: Red or redish or pink
normal size: 5-15cm
cap type: Other
stem type: Lateral, rudimentary or absent
flesh: Flesh discolours when cut, bruised or damaged
spore colour: Pink
habitat: Grows on wood

Fistulina hepatica Schaeff. ex Fr. Beefsteak Fungus or Ox Tongue Langue de boeuf, Fistuline hépatique Bracket 8-25cm across, 2-6cm thick, usually single, tongue-shaped or semicircular; upper surface pinkish to orange-red and finally purple-brown; rough with rudimentary pores, especially toward the margin; moist to tacky. Tubes up to 15mm deep; arising free, but adhering in maturity; whitish or yellowish. Pores 3 per mm, circular; whitish at first, bruising reddish brown. Stem none or rudimentary; short, thick, blood red. Flesh thick, succulent; mottled, dark flesh-pink with lighter veining, with bloodlike sap; reminiscent of raw meat. Odor pleasant. Taste sourish. Spores ovoid, smooth, 4.5-6 x 3-4µ. Deposit pinkish salmon. Habitat singly or sometimes several in a cluster on the base of living oaks or chestnuts, also dead hardwood stumps. Frequent; common in the East. Common in Europe and found in North America especially eastern areas. Season July-October. Edible-good. Comment Infected oak timber has a much richer, darker color and is much sought after by furniture makers.

Mushroom Recipes
Butter-boiled Beefsteak
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Mirosław Wantoch-Rekowski (Poland) - 26 November 2010

Rezerwat przyrody Dolina Klodawy.Kleszczewko-Poland
Fistulina hepatica
Mirosław Wantoch-Rekowski (Poland) - 26 November 2010

Rezerwat Jar rzeki Raduni.Kaszuby-Poland
Fistulina hepatica
Elena Z (Lithuania) - 12 October 2010

Fallen from an oak trunk. This species is endangered in Lithuania.
Fistulina hepatica
Slobodan Nikolic (Yugoslavia) - 12 September 2009

Beefsteak on oak root. Photo by Slobodan Nikolic, Serbia.
Fistulina hepatica
lee collins (United Kingdom) - 24 April 2009

Beefsteak fungus on Chestnut
Fistulina hepatica
Lorand Bartho (Hungary) - 07 November 2008

Unusual appearance.
Fistulina hepatica
Lorand Bartho (Hungary) - 06 November 2008

Fistulina hepatica
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