fruit annually from conifers. This was found in a hardwood thicket near The Evergreen State College on Acer macrophylum). Also, it was dark Chocolate brown- not red at all. G. oregonense and tsugae fruit only on conifers (hence the name tsugae=latin for the synonymous tree)
Either it is an unusual specimen of G. lucidum clade or G.applanatum. Also, I just read a fascinating journal article compiled in regards to Ganoderma by Soon Gyu Hong and Hack Song Jung entitled “Phylogenetic analysis of Ganoderma based on nearly complete mitochondrial small-subunit ribosomal DNA sequences.” This clears up so much about Ganoderma taxonomy and the greater Ganoderma lucidum clade. I have many spots here in Thurston county where large amounts of purple varnish Gano’s fruit annually from hardwoods. At this point I have found no literature discussing G. lucidum in Washington state in any guidebooks. Either way, there is no way (based on previous research) that the shelf in question is either G.tsugae or G.oregonense due to its host tree.