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Help needed identifying large bracket found on beech.

Posted: Mon Sep 11, 2017 9:20 pm
by ScarletMaguire
Hi all! I found this lovely bracket on beech in a park in Bristol. The photos show two different specimens from what I am confident are the same species. One specimen is clearly older than the other. The younger specimen has a 50 pence piece in the photo for scale. The pores on this are round and tiny, each pore is barely 1mm across - I needed a handlense to see them properly. The pore bearing surface is very white and bruises very brown when I dig my nail in. One the piece of specimen I took home with me, the pores are 14mm deep. Any help would be appreciated!

Update: I am looking at samples taken from the specimens, and I am now less confident that the specimens in the photos are of the same species. It is very possible that the specimen shown with the 50p coin may be a different species to the specimen shown in the other 3 photos.

Re: Help needed identifying large bracket found on beech.

Posted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 8:21 am
by Flaxton
This is a Ganoderma, either G applanatum or G australe.
Mal

Re: Help needed identifying large bracket found on beech.

Posted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 2:38 pm
by ScarletMaguire
Thanks Mal. I visited the bracket again today and with a closer look and your help have come to the conclusion it is Ganoderma australe :)

Re: Help needed identifying large bracket found on beech.

Posted: Thu Sep 14, 2017 12:33 pm
by adampembs
ScarletMaguire wrote:
Wed Sep 13, 2017 2:38 pm
Thanks Mal. I visited the bracket again today and with a closer look and your help have come to the conclusion it is Ganoderma australe :)
I didn't think a conclusion separation was possible without looking at the spores :?