Observation 92807: Ganoderma P. Karst.

When: 2012-04-13

Collection location: Hunlock Creek, Pennsylvania, USA [Click for map]

Who: Dave W (Dave W)

No specimen available

Found growing from the ground (buried wood of some sort) in an area where most of the plants are wild bushes… I think honeysuckle.

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Recognized by sight: Growing from stump.

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Thanks, Herb.
By: Dave W (Dave W)
2014-12-09 03:37:11 PST (-0800)

G. megaloma looks like a good possibility. I don’t know how long this polypore had remained in-situ before I found it. The area on my property had no trees growing for the the 11 year period leading up to my finding this. No stumps or other woody debris observed in the area. But it seems likely there is a buried stump hidden somewhere in the underbrush.

Thanks for the suggestion, ndoll.
By: Dave W (Dave W)
2012-04-17 15:13:46 PDT (-0700)

I’ll see if I can knock a few spores out of those old tube channels. But I’m not too hopeful, as this specimen is a holdover from last year. Didn’t see it back then, probably because the foliage/underbrush had obscured it. Interesting habitat for a Ganoderma… wood buried amongst bushes. There hasn’t been an actual tree growing in that area during the 11 years that I’ve lived here. It appears the fruit body sprung forth from buried roots of the bushes (honeysuckle).

Nice one, Dave
By: ndoll
2012-04-17 13:28:10 PDT (-0700)

Basidiospores are the way to begin identifying this one to genus. If you find double-walled spores it is likely a Ganoderma species. Ganoderma are the most challenging genus of polypores to identify, and it usually requires macro and microscopic examination.

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