Bracket Fungus: Ganoderma applanatum


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Angel's Bracket fungus....
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....also called Artist's Conch

Bracket Fungus: Ganoderma applanatum

Angel brought a Bracket Fungus into the museum recently.
As usual, the Dinolite microscope revealed some fascinating and beautiful structures....
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Lumpy brown, spore-dusted cap with white spore suface below.
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Artists etch the white pore surface to draw pictures.

Also known as "Artist's Conch" because you can etch drawings onto its white spore surface.

Lives on the trunks of deciduous trees , especially beech and causes white rot.

An excellent wood recycler!

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White pore surface which bruises brown easily (below)
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Woody tubes underneath the pores.
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The age of the fungus? Count the pale bands of old tube layers.
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Pores dusted with powdery spores.
The fungus produces trillions of spores over its 5 year life span.
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The hyphae are the cobwebby part of the fungus that feed, grow
and produce new fungi.
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White rot fungus?