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Ganoderma Megaloma This bracket fungus causes white rot and butt rot on living hardwoods. It is very similar to Ganoderma applanatum, which is a European species which does not occur in the US. Ganoderma,Ganoderma Megaloma,Ganoderma megaloma,Geotagged,Spring,United States,bracket fungus,fungi,fungus,ganoderma megaloma,mushroom Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

Ganoderma Megaloma

This bracket fungus causes white rot and butt rot on living hardwoods. It is very similar to Ganoderma applanatum, which is a European species which does not occur in the US.

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  1. Beautifully captured, so sharp that you can see the individual pores! Posted 3 years ago
    1. Thanks Ferdy. I've heard that artists draw pictures on this type of fungus. There were many growing on this fallen tree and I would have liked to test out carving into one, but they were too hard for me to pull off...and I was balancing on the tree because it was spanning a river. So, I left the fungus on the tree otherwise I probably would have fallen into the river while trying to tug a piece off ;P Posted 3 years ago
      1. Wow, glad you're OK. Some bracket fungi are hard like a rock indeed. Forgot the species name but in the Netherlands there's one used to carve out decorations and centuries ago it was even used as a hat. Posted 3 years ago
        1. I think the hats are called amadou hats - made from Fomes fomentarius. I use that same fungus as tinder. Another type of fungus used to carve into art is Artist's Conk (Ganoderma applanatum), which is a similar species to the one pictured above. Posted 3 years ago, modified 3 years ago
          1. Scroll down to see what a mushroom cap looks like :O http://amadouproducts.blogspot.com/ Posted 3 years ago
            1. Thanks, that's the species indeed. And some of those hats really are quite awesome! Posted 3 years ago
  2. great fungi - as always! Posted 3 years ago
    1. Thank you Barry! Posted 3 years ago

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''Ganoderma megaloma'' is a species of bracket fungus in the family Ganodermataceae. Described as new to science in 1846 by mycologist Joseph-Henri Léveillé, it is found in the eastern and midwestern United States. It was moved into the genus Ganoderma by Giacomo Bresàdola in 1912. The fungus causes white rot and butt rot on living hardwoodss. The holotype was collected in New York.

It is closely related to Ganoderma applanatum, however DNA analysis reveals that G. applanatum is a.. more

Similar species: Polyporales
Species identified by Christine Young
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Uploaded Apr 24, 2018. Captured Apr 14, 2018 14:38 in 3280 Franklin Ave, Millbrook, NY 12545, USA.
  • Canon EOS 80D
  • f/3.5
  • 1/256s
  • ISO100
  • 100mm