Turkey Tails

Here’s a little something for Thanksgiving…

My daughter took these pictures of our Turkey Tails in October.


Turkey Tails are commonly found on stumps or other rotting wood…

and we have plenty.

We learned these were called Turkey Tails from Dan the Mushroom Man http://www.marchedimanche.com/2011/10/my-mushroom-man.html

I have linked to Mary at The Little Red House.  She hosts Mosaic Monday.

I am also linking to Donna of Garden Walk Garden Talk . She is hosting Words for Wednesday ‘Texture and Pattern’.

This entry was posted on Tuesday, November 15th, 2011 at 10:23 PM and is filed under Mushrooms, Observations. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. Both comments and pings are currently closed.


  1. One says:

    Turkey Tail does resemble turkey’s tail. Now I know its name. I may have some over here but yours are a whole lot prettier.

    ... on November 15th, 2011
  2. Donna says:

    I did not know they were called turkey tail either. They do look like that. Now I am going to be more observant and try to find some. Thanks for adding them as texture and pattern.

    ... on November 15th, 2011
  3. Andrea says:

    So those are called turkey tails, but the clumps in your area are so beautiful. Maybe those we have here are different species.

    ... on November 15th, 2011
  4. Indie says:

    I’ve wondered what type of mushrooms those were before when I saw them in my yard! They’re very pretty. They have such a pretty pattern!

    ... on November 15th, 2011
  5. Heather @ what's blooming this week says:

    Also didn’t know that they were “turkey tails”. How appropriate as you celebrate American Thanksgiving.

    ... on November 16th, 2011
  6. Holleygarden says:

    These are beautiful – like petrified wood. Turkey tails! What a cute name.

    ... on November 16th, 2011
  7. noel says:


    i love taking photos of turkey tails, fungus, lichen and mushrooms, they are wonderful to discurover at this time of the year when everything tends to sleep.

    ... on November 16th, 2011
  8. Karin/Southern Meadows says:

    Very cool! I am fascinated with fungi. What a great name!

    ... on November 16th, 2011
  9. Jeanette says:

    I like the way you put the photos together in a collage. What a cute name for a mushroom. It is very graphic and easily remembered that way. Isn’t is interesting how we see reflections of nature from our collective experience. I see pinecone, a tree cross section with rings, Native American basketry patterns, and those experiments we did in science class with a dot of ink and strips of paper. Thanks for sharing.

    ... on November 17th, 2011
  10. Karen says:

    I did not know they were called Turkey Tails either, but now that I do, I will forevermore remember them that way! You have splendid ones here, just look at all the color and pattern.

    ... on November 17th, 2011
  11. Carolyn @ Carolyns Shade Gardens says:

    We have these all over, and I am always taking pictures of the beautiful patterns, but never knew their name. I also thought they were a shelf fungus and that this was something different than a mushroom.

    ... on November 17th, 2011
  12. Elephant's Eye says:

    I wasn’t going to read this post. The title put me off, I’m a vegetarian, and I thought it was going to be a weird Thanksgiving recipe.
    But it’s only mushrooms, rather lovely at that!

    ... on November 19th, 2011
  13. debsgarden says:

    Great photos, and the turkey tails do make a marvelous mosaic. Thanks for calling attention to the beautiful patterns of these interesting fungi. Now I want to see if I can find some here!

    ... on November 20th, 2011
  14. Autumn Belle says:

    I love the patterns that reminds me of turkey feathers.

    ... on November 23rd, 2011
  15. Jennifer@threedogsinagarden says:

    It is not surprising that these fungus have the name turkey tails because that is exactly what they look like. I find them quite beautiful and your daughter’s photography shows them off wonderfully.

    ... on November 27th, 2011
  16. Liza and John's Garden says:

    HI: Like your blog. My first visit very interesting.
    Hope to get to know you better. See you next time.

    Have a great day,

    ... on November 29th, 2011
  17. JJanet at Planticru Notes says:

    We have Turkey tails over here as well. Great photos

    ... on November 30th, 2011
  18. Marie Iannotti says:

    Thanks for reminding me that I want to learn more about mushrooms. It’s been on my To Do list for about 15 years now. I know I’ve seen these mushrooms before, but I never made the connection to turkey tails. How could I have missed that? I guess I should head over to Dan the Mushroom Man now and see what else I’ve been missing.

    ... on December 1st, 2011