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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
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.

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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