Beefsteak Fungus - Fistulina hepatica

    Description

    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
    Habitat

    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.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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

    UK Map