Observation 204435: Ganoderma tsugae Murrill

When: 2015-05-16

Collection location: Asbury Woods, Erie, Pennsylvania, USA [Click for map]

Who: AJ (j7u)

No specimen available

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72% (2)
Recognized by sight
14% (2)
Recognized by sight: emerging bracket has yellow, not on hemlock, looks more like white or red pine, not solid red

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Thanks MSchink. I’d even go so far as to say
By: AJ (j7u)
2015-05-21 16:26:44 EEST (+0300)

that emerging G. tsugae always has some yellow coloration. Here’s a photo taken two days ago of a Ganoderma emerging from hemlock: https://i.imgur.com/XKlrilL.jpg
Photo credit to RuralAnomaly on shroomery.org.

Ganoderma tsugae
By: Matthew Schink (MSchink)
2015-05-21 14:06:35 EEST (+0300)

Can definitely have yellow in its coloration. And may grow on a variety of conifers, it is not strictly restricted to hemlock. It can be found on hemlock, birch and very rarely maple as well. It has also been reported from pines before, however there is another Ganoderma, G.meredithae that grows on pines but is primarily restricted to the Southeast.

G.lucidum also does not appear to occur in North America at least not natively, besides that lucidum is a hardwood species. The type being collected on hazel in the outskirts of London England.

My vote is for G.tsugae for this one.

Species formerly called G.lucidum in the US can be split into two main groups, those in the resinaceum complex, primarily G.sessile, and those in the curtisii complex, primarily G.curtisii.

This is a helpful study which agrees with my own personal research.

By: AJ (j7u)
2015-05-21 00:26:09 EEST (+0300)

I think you are right that it is not hemlock. I’m not sure what it is, but the bark had a very pleasant, almost piney odor I couldn’t put my finger on. I wouldn’t say it smelled like cedar chips, but I don’t really know what wild cedar bark smells like.

By: AJ (j7u)
2015-05-17 17:49:43 EEST (+0300)

It’s near a stand of hemlock and I’ve never seen cedar in this woods before, but I suppose it’s possible. I can add some photos next time I go.

on hemlock? looks more like cedar
By: Matt Welter (mattfungus)
2015-05-17 15:30:25 EEST (+0300)
on hemlock?
By: Matt Welter (mattfungus)
2015-05-17 15:29:22 EEST (+0300)

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