Beefsteak Fungus - Fistulina hepatica


As the common name suggests, beefsteak fungus is remarkably similar in appearance to raw meat. The fruit body is tongue or bracket-shaped, and is reddish-brown to liver colour. The flesh is initially whitish yellow, but as the fungus ages, it becomes reddish or pinkish, develops a fleshy soft texture, and even gives off a blood-like red juice when cut.

Identification difficulty

Usually occurs low on the trunks of trees - most commonly Oak and Sweet Chestnuts.

When to see it

July to November.

UK Status

Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.

VC55 Status

Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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