Trametes versicolor. It’s better known by its common name, turkey tail. Looking at the colors and pattern of the fruiting bodies, it’s easy to see the resemblance, making it the perfect way to say “Happy Thanksgiving” from Plant Pathology.
Turkey tails are found in Ohio, and throughout North America, on logs and wood (they are important decomposers > More info). This fungus is also a bit famous for its anti-cancer properties. An internet search for “turkey tail funugs” will return several articles in this regard.
These mushrooms can even be made into jewelry > Yes look here
Intrigued? The Department of Plant Pathology offers several courses that cover fungi. In Spring 2014, Molds, Mushrooms and Mankind (PLNTPTH 2000) is a general education course for non-science majors (natural science – biological science w/o lab) > Read more