Caution: Do NOT use iSpot to identify fungi to eat!
Some fungi are very poisonous so a mistaken ID could have serious consequences.
No interactions present.
Thanks for the cross-section photo Mal. So let me get this straight - The dark band running through the middle of the bracket in the first photo is a sterile layer, and thus singles this out as G.applanatum, because G.australe does not show this feature? Is that right?? I'll have to take my hacksaw, along with my penknife, when I'm next out fungi finding!
Yes Chris thats right. The method I now use is to take a leaf from below the bracket which is almost always covered in spores and measure them. G applanatum are much smaller.
How do you measure the spores? With a microscope, or would a hand lense do?
Sorry Chris it has to be a microscope unless you have very good eyes and a very big hand lens. We are talking about 5.5-9 microns for applanatum and 7-13 microns for australe so although there is an overlap between the two the average is relatively easy to find.
Oh dear. I haven't got a microscope :( but perhaps I could ask my local museum if I might use theirs, resort to the hacksaw, or maybe just accept that I'm not able to identify Ganoderma to species level :(
Lat/Lng: 54.0, -1.1
OS grid ref: SE6561