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Fungi  Ganoderma

Ganoderma - Photo  Copyright 2003 Gary Bradley Photo: G. Bradley

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A neat way to identify fungi is with the ID chart in the Nature Shop called "Fungi Name Trail" - click here

Latin name: Ganoderma resinaceum

Size: Grows to 30cms in diameter and 6cms thick.

Distribution: Rare. Found in a few locations in the UK.

Months seen: All year round - Perennial.

Habitat: Found on the trunks of trees, especially oaks.

Special features: There are several species of Ganoderma bracket fungi in the UK. The one photographed above is a rare variety. It is a dark reddish-brown colour on top, and white underneath. It has a yellow band of resin (hence the name) at its edge which quickly hardens.

The spores it releases are chocolate coloured, which causes the surrounding tree bark to become stained.

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