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14 bizarre and beautiful mushrooms

By: Jaymi Heimbuch on April 17, 2014, 2:54 p.m.
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Trametes versicolor

This species is a type of shelf mushroom found all over the world. Its multi-colored patterns are easily recognizable, and are reminiscent of a wild turkey's tail feathers, hence its common name of turkey tail mushroom. Colors can range depending on location and age, and the cap can be shades of rust-brown, dark brown, grey, and even black. It is considered medicinal, and may have benefits in protecting against cancer, though this is a subject of debate.