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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
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Fistulina hepatica 001 Mushroom
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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. Photographs three and four come from Ted Green, many thanks Ted.


Mushroom Recipes
Butter-boiled Beefsteak
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csanád csan (Hungary) - 08 September 2013

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

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

Found at base of large oak
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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.
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Mirosław Wantoch-Rekowski (Poland) - 26 November 2010

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

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

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

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

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

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

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