Ganoderma resinaceum

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Ganoderma resinaceum

1 August 2010 Berkshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Cap

Bracket shaped, sometimes growing in overlapping tiers, upper surface shiny as if lacquered, dark red brown, darkening with age, margin rounded, yellowish or pale brown when young, underside white, pores 3 per mm, to about 30 cm across

Flesh

Fibrous, tough, brown

Smell

Fungal

Taste

Bitter

Season

Annual, sporulating from late summer to autumn

Distribution

Rare

Habitat

On trunks of deciduous trees, favouring beech and oak

Spore Print

Brown

Microscopic Features

Spores ellipsoidal, truncated at one end, warty (10-13) x (7-9) µm2

Edibility

Inedible

Notes

This fungus couild be confused with G. pfeifferi, and G. lucidum. I am grateful to Stuart Skeates for identifying the young specimens found in 2009, before they had developed the characteristic colours.

Additional Photographs

Ganoderma resinaceum

1 August 2010 Berkshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Ganoderma resinaceum

9 August 2009 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Ganoderma resinaceum

9 August 2009 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin