Artist's Fungus - Ganoderma applanatum

    Description

    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.

    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.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    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.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map