Ganoderma australe

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Ganoderma australe

16 August 2008 West Sussex. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Common Name

Southern Bracket

Fruiting Body

Bracket shaped, often growing in tiers, laterally attached to the substrate, upper surface concentrically ridged, dark brown, often ochre brown from spores, underside white, 3 to 4 pores per mm, to about 60 cm wide, and 25 cm deep

Flesh

Tough, fibrous, dark brown

Smell

The cut flesh has a strong fungal smell

Taste

Bitter

Season

All year

Distribution

Very common

Habitat

On living and dead deciduous trees, favouring beech

Spore Print

Brown

Microscopic Features

Spores ellipsoidal, truncated at one end, warty (8-13) x (6-9) µm2

Edibility

Inedible

Notes

Spores may be collected from a piece of spore coated bark or a leaf on the ground beneath a cap. This fungus could be confused with Ganoderma applanatum.

Additional Photographs

Ganoderma australe

16 August 2008 West Sussex. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin