Southern Bracket - Ganoderma australe

Description

A large bracket varying in colour from ochre, through reddish to dark brown. The underside is white. Great care is needed when identifying this species (see below). Spores ovoid, twin-walled, truncate at the apex, 8-13 x 5.5-9µm.

Similar Species

Artist’s Fungus Ganoderma applanatum is very similar though less common, and the two are impossible to identify with certainty without microscopic examination of spores. 

Identification difficulty
Habitat

On trunks of living deciduous trees causing serious heart-rot.

When to see it

All year

UK Status

Very common and widespread in Britain

VC55 Status

Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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MAP KEY:

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

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