Artist's Fungus - Ganoderma applanatum
A large brown perennial bracket fungus 15 to 50 cm across and 5 to 10 cm thick, the fruiting body has an off-white margin and a brown top with little or no stem, and brownish coloured spores. White underside leaves brown marks when scratched.
Southern Bracket - Ganoderma australe is similar and more common. These two species are impossible to identify with certainty without microscopic examination of spores.
Grows on wood, often in woodland. A common sight where trees fall and are not harvested.
All year round
Fairly frequent in Britain.
Less common than Ganoderma australe in Leicestershire and Rutland.
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