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Genus Fistulina


The genus Fistulina contains one notable species, Fistulina hepatica, so called from its resemblance to a liver. In its early stages it somewhat resembles a strawberry, and later it may have the appearance of a big red tongue protruding from a tree trunk, so that the French call it Iangue de boeuf. It is often called vegetable beefsteak, from the flesh-like fibre and colour of the fresh specimens.

When young, the upper side is velvety and of a fine peach colour; later it becomes liver red and loses the velvety appearance; the under surface is flesh coloured, and is rough, much like the surface of a tongue, owing to the fact that the tubes are free from one another.