Common: Beefsteak Fungus, Oxes Tongue
Latin: Fistulina hepatica
Eating notes: Older specimens can taste slightly sour and tough. Young specimens are acceptable but not choice.
Cap: 8-20cm Bracket. Redish brown above, cream below
Stem: Short, thick and lateral. May be abscent altogether.
Tubes: Cream coloured shallow layer (5-15mm)
Pores: Seperate from each other, not fusing as with the Boletes.
Spores: White or very pale ochre
Flesh: Deep red with paler mottling. Exudes blood-like juice. Just like raw meat.
Habitat: Grows on acient Oak and Chestnut trees.