Fungus found on felled log. Unsure of identification but think maybe Artist's fungus (Ganoderma applanatum)?
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I can't quite work out which way up this picture is. Is this the upper or lower surface we are seeing? If it's the lower, then this likely to be an old specimen of G.applanatum, as the normally bright white surface which can be scored easily is now pinkish brown.
do you have any more photos of this one you could post on ispot to give more of an idea of which way up and the general area so we have some idea of scale and orientation
Sorry I don't have any more photos of this particular one. The photo shows the end of a large felled log, if you look at the top right of the picture you will see some of the bark of the tree, so the log is lying down with the fungus growing out of the end of the cut trunk. The largest pieces were about 15cm in diameter and the view point is looking down onto the top of it. I didn't notice what colour it was underneath it was a bit difficult to see.
Thanks for your comments.
If this is the upper surface of the fungi we are seeing, then this can't be Artist's Fungus. It generally has a biscuit coloured upper surface with visible banding. However, I actually think that this IS the underside of the fungi we're seeing and that the log has been rolled, so we're seeing the fungi the wrong way up. Is this possible? It's just I've never seen bracket fungi with an upper surface that looks remotely like this.
I think it is the upper surface and I agree that it does indeed look very strange. Don't supposed you prodded it to see how hard it was or to check if it was somewhat jelly like (clutching at straws here!)
I didn't prod it but it seemed to look quite firm, not jelly like at all. I don't think it's possible for the log to have rolled over. The log was among a number of felled trees closed stacked together.
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