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botanical name:
Fistulina hepatica
Fistulina hepatica © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Beefsteak Fungus, Ox-tongue
family:  Fistulinaceae
characteristics: fungus
height: 0.20m
width: 0.15m
growth rate: medium
growth habit:
leaf colour:
flower colour:
fruit colour: maroon
main season: Autumn
edible symbol edible
aspect: part shade, shade
conditions: moist soil
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: -23°C
USDA zone: 6 to 9
description:
Parasitic, bracket-type fungus growing on the trunks of broad leaved trees, most commonly oak or chestnut, sometimes on dead stumps and logs. The fruiting bodies are broadly tongue-shaped or semi-circular with a reddish-brown upper surface and yellow-white flesh, ageing to pinkish or reddish brown. They usually appear in late summer or autumn.

usage:
Edible, sold commercially in France.

Causes the wood of the host tree to darken, creating attractively grained brown wood which is much sought after for cabinet making.



other notes:
Commonly found in Europe, including Britain. Also in North America.
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