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. Spores ellipsoidal to ovoid, truncate at one end, smooth, 6.5-8.5 x 4.5-6μm.

Similar Species

Southern Bracket - Ganoderma australe is similar and more common. These two species are impossible to identify with certainty without microscopic examination of spores.

Artist's Fungus - Ganoderma applanatum - (but not Southern Bracket - Ganoderma australe) can develop galls caused by the Yellow flat-footed fly - Agathomyia wankowiczii, so if galls are present the species can be confirmed. 

Identification difficulty

Grows on wood, often in woodland. A common sight where trees fall and are not harvested.

When to see it

All year round

UK Status

Fairly frequent in Britain.

VC55 Status

Less common than Ganoderma australe in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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