Fistulina hepatica

Fistulina hepatica

The Beefsteak fungus gets its name from the fact that when sliced in half it oddly resembles its namesake, even seeming to bleed. While edible, it is not the most palatable fungus, described as bitter and slightly acidic. It causes a slow-acting heartwood rot such that the infected wood has an attractive pattern known as “brown oak.” Infected trees are sought out by cabinet makers for the unusual patterns of the wood that has an aesthetic appeal for woodworking applications. This photo is of a young fruiting body that is more reminiscent of a strawberry, but would grow to end up looking more like its other common name, the Ox Tongue.

Location : Melbourne, Australia
Subject : Fistulina hepatica
Lens : Canon EF 100m f/2.8 USM