beefsteak fungus

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A common name for the fruit body of Fistulina hepatica. The flesh is red-brown with a gelatinous upper surface, and yields a reddish juice; spores are formed within tubes which open via pores on the pale underside of the fruit body. It is parasitic on trees, particularly oak. It is fairly common in late summer and autumn. See also Fistulina.

Subjects: Plant Sciences and Forestry.

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