Name: Fistulina hepatica (Schaeff.) With.
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First person to use this name on MO: Darvin DeShazer
Editors: Nathan Wilson, Alan Rockefeller


Rank: Species

Status: Accepted

Name: Fistulina hepatica

ICN Identifier: missing

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Author: (Schaeff.) With.

Citation: Bot. Arr. Brit. Pl., Edn 2 2: 405

Deprecated Synonyms: Fistulina hepatica Schaeff.: Fr.

Misspellings: Pseudofistulina hepatica


Domain: Eukarya

Kingdom: Fungi

Phylum: Basidiomycota

Class: Agaricomycetes

Order: Agaricales

Family: Fistulinaceae

Genus: Fistulina

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Fistulina hepatica or beefsteak fungus or beefsteak polypore as it is commonly called is a common edible fungus in the Great Britain, but is less common in NOrth America. It is found in many parts of the world like North America, Australia and Europe. It is usually found growing on mature living oaks or chestnuts and is known to cause brown heart rot. It is a bracket fungus commonly called as beefsteak fungus or ox tongue fungus due to its striking resemblance to a chunk of fresh meat or liver. It is widely used as a substitute for meat and has been known to be used a lot by the Europeans especially the French. In the natural environment where this fungus is found it is very easy to identify this fungus as it looks like a mass of red meat sticking to a log.
Fistulina is not considered as a “true” polpore inspite its tubes being packed tightly because the tubes are discrete units like the bristles of a brush. Thus leading the “Polyporologists” to classify and give F. hepatica its own family Fistulinaceae

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By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2018-08-31 02:42:36 NZST (+1200)

post your photos here!

Beefsteak in Missouri?
By: Aaron Peters (Aaron Peters)
2018-08-28 04:59:04 NZST (+1200)

I believe I’ve found two here in SW Missouri on a chinquapin oak. Looks very orange though, red at the edge. Does turn red if cut. Someone told me it could be a cinnabar polypore.

more hosts than just oak and chestnut …
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2014-09-14 03:40:49 NZST (+1200)

in CA, they also grow with chinquapin and wax myrtle, in Australia with eucalyptus. I suspect that all hardwoods are potential hosts for this species.

Altho they all bleed red juice, the hymenium can turn white with age, and the bright red colors can fade with exposure.

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