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7 February 2013

Ganoderma applanatum (Artist's Conk)

Ganoderma applanatum (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) is a wide spread wood-decay bracket fungus. The fruit bodies ("conks") are are perennial, woody brackets, also called "conks" up to 30-40 cm across, hard, leathery, woody-textured, and inedible; they are white at first but soon turn dark red-brown and typically grow in a fanlike or hooflike form on the trunks of living or dead trees. Ganoderma is a common cause of decay and death of beech and poplar.

Ganoderma applanatum (Artist's Conk)
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Ganoderma applanatum (Artist's Bracket)
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