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Artist's Conk Fungus
Ganodermataceae Ganonderma applanatum
Location: Brazil
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Artist's Conk Fungus

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Ganodermataceae
Ganodermataceae
Shiny Skin Family
Polyporales
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Many Pores Order
Agaricomycetes
Agaricomycetes
Gill Class
Agaricomycotina
Agaricomycotina
Gill Subdivision
Basidiomycota
Basidiomycota
Spore Pedestal Division
Dikarya
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Two Nuclei Cells
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Eukaryota
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Ganodermataceae Family
Ganonderma Genus

Ganoderma applanatum

AKA:Artist's Bracket, Artist's Conk, or Flacher Lackporling; syn. Boletus applanatus, Fomes applanatus, Fomes vegetus, Ganoderme aplani, Ganoderma lipsiense, Polyporus applanatus, and Polyporus vegetus

Bracket fungus with a worldwide distribution.

The Artist's Conk gets it's name from its ability to be as a drawing medium for artists. When the surface is rubbed or scratched with a sharp implement, it changes from light to dark brown, producing visible lines and shading.

The spore bodies are up to 30-40 cm across, hard, woody-textured, and inedible; they are white at first but soon turn dark red-brown.

It is a wood-decomposing fungus, using primarily dead heartwood, but also as a pathogen on live sapwood, particularly on older trees. It is a common cause of decay and death of beech and poplar, and less often of several other tree species, including alder, apple, elm, horse-chestnut, maple, oak, walnut, and willow.




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Comment: Artist's Conk Fungus

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gardengeek
gardengeek
June 19, 2010
Merrillee,

Do you know what this mushroom is?
healthyhomegardening.com Mushroom.php?pid=156
Thanks!

gardengeek
gardengeek
May 24, 2010
Thank you Merrillee! very enlightening, I am still learning about fungus. It's been a fun process. Thanks again.

Merrillee

Ft. White, FL May 24, 2010
The first 4 photos are most likely Ganonderma applanatum, common name: Artist's Conk.

The last photo is Trametes versicolor, common name: Turkey Tail.

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