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Trametes versicolor

Trametes versicolor

Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Fungi
Division: Basidiomycota
Class: Homobasidiomycetes
Subclass: Porinae
Order: Poriales
Family: Poriceae
Genus: Trametes
Species: T. versicolor
Binomial name
Trametes versicolor
(L.:Fr.) Quél.
Trametes versicolor
mycological characteristics:
pores on hymenium

cap is offset or indistinct


hymenium is decurrent


lacks a stipe


spore print is white or yellow


ecology is saprophytic


edibility: inedible

Trametes versicolor, formerly known as Coriolus versicolor, is a common polypore mushroom of the genus Trametes. Versicolor means 'of several colours' and it is true that this mushroom is found in a wide variety of different colours.

The species is one of the most commonly encountered polypores in Europe and is found practically all over the world.


The top surface of the cap shows typical concentric zones of different colours. Flesh 1-3 mm thick, leathery texture. Cap with rust-brown or darker brown, sometimes blackish zones. Commonly grows in tiled layers. Cap flat, up to 8 x 5 x 0,5-1 centimeters, often triangular or round, with zones of fine hairs. Pore surface whitish to light brown, pores round and with age twisted and labyrinthine. 2-5 pores per millimeter


  • "Danske storsvampe. Basidiesvampe" [a key to Danish basidiomycetes] J.H. Petersen and J. Vesterholt eds. Gyldendal. Viborg, Denmark, 1990. ISBN 87-01-09932-9
  • Entry of Trametes versicolor at Fungal Databases, Systematic Botany and Mycology Laboratory Nomenclature Database, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service.

See also

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