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synonyms: Beefsteak Fungus, Fistuline hépatique, Langue de boeuf, Leberpilz, Májgomba, Ox Tongue
Fistulina hepatica 2 Mushroom
Ref No: 7726
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Fistulina hepatica Mushroom
Ref No: 7727
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Fistulina hepatica 001 Mushroom
Ref No: 23988
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Brown Oak Mushroom
Ref No: 24738
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Brown Oak 1 Mushroom
Ref No: 24739
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Brown Oak 2 Mushroom
Ref No: 24740
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Brown Oak 4 Mushroom
Ref No: 24742
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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, Mushroom slimy or sticky
spore colour: Pink
habitat: Grows on wood

Fistulina hepatica Schaeff. ex Fr. Beefsteak Fungus or Ox Tongue, Langue de boeuf, Fistuline hépatique, Leberpilz, Májgomba (tapló), Lingua di bue, Biefstukzwam. 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. Photographs three and four come from Ted Green, many thanks Ted.
James Tyler of Taylor Hard Woods in Wiltshire has sent me a bunch of photographs of oak wood that is infected with Fistulina, it has lately been in high demand for the wonderful rich brown discolouration, the infected wood is known as' Brown Oak' note the photograph of the chair seat James sent. Many thanks James and to your company.

Mushroom Recipes
Butter-boiled Beefsteak
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Ýsmail Sevimli (Turkey) - 22 October 2014

I found in the forest oak tree , Istanbul
Brown Oak 4
Ýsmail Sevimli (Turkey) - 25 June 2014

Ýstanbul 2013.I found it in the old oak tree
Brown Oak 4
csanád csan (Hungary) - 08 September 2013

fistulina hepatica september 2013 central hungary
Brown Oak 4
luca mihai (Romania) - 26 September 2012

Mushroom found in Cernica forest near Bucharest.
Brown Oak 4
Andrew Sully (United Kingdom) - 24 October 2011

Found at base of large oak
Brown Oak 4
Dejan Stojanovic (Yugoslavia) - 22 June 2011

Vegetate the area surem Zaplanje. Mushroom in the image found in the village of Han Gadžin (city of Nis), Southern Serbia, SERBIA.
Brown Oak 4
Mirosław Wantoch-Rekowski (Poland) - 26 November 2010

Rezerwat przyrody Dolina Klodawy.Kleszczewko-Poland
Brown Oak 4
Mirosław Wantoch-Rekowski (Poland) - 26 November 2010

Rezerwat Jar rzeki Raduni.Kaszuby-Poland
Brown Oak 4
Elena Z (Lithuania) - 12 October 2010

Fallen from an oak trunk. This species is endangered in Lithuania.
Brown Oak 4
Slobodan Nikolic (Yugoslavia) - 12 September 2009

Beefsteak on oak root. Photo by Slobodan Nikolic, Serbia.
Brown Oak 4
lee collins (United Kingdom) - 24 April 2009

Beefsteak fungus on Chestnut
Brown Oak 4
Lorand Bartho (Hungary) - 07 November 2008

Unusual appearance.
Brown Oak 4
Lorand Bartho (Hungary) - 06 November 2008

Brown Oak 4
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