Beefsteak Fungus

Fistulina hepatica

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About

The Beefsteak Fungus is an edible, soft-fleshed bracket fungus which usually grows on living Oak trees, but can also be found on Sweet Chestnut trees.

How to identify

The Beefsteak fungus is large, dark red and slimy on top, and pale yellow underneath. Its flesh resembles a raw steak (hence the common name) and, when the fungus is young, oozes red droplets that look like blood. It is edible.

Where to find it

Widespread.

Habitats

When to find it

  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November

How can people help

Fungi are an important part of our woodland ecology, helping to recycle nutrients from dead or decaying organic matter. Many animals depend on them, too. The Wildlife Trusts look after many woodland reserves, managing them for the benefit of the wildlife present, often leaving standing and fallen dead wood which supports fungi. You can help by having log piles and dead wood in your own garden to encourage fungi. In partnership with the RHS, The Wildlife Trusts' Wild About Gardens initiative can help you plan your wildlife garden.

Species information

Common name
Beefsteak Fungus
Latin name
Fistulina hepatica
Category
Fungi
Statistics
Cap diameter: 10-30cm Cap thickness: 2-6cm
Conservation status
Common.