Observation 96833: Ganoderma tsugae Murrill

When: 2012-06-09

Collection location: Falls Branch Falls Trail, Cherokee National Forest, Tellico Plains, Tennessee, USA [Click for map]

35.3537° -84.0583° 1128m

Who: Christine Braaten (wintersbefore)

Specimen available

One moss covered fallen Hemlock log contained approximately 50 fruitbodies. Some very large (30-45cm). Most had two or three yellow and black beetles on them.

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By: Britney Ramsey (Riverdweller)
2012-06-21 11:11:01 EDT (-0400)
definitely G. tsugae
By: Steve Roberts (Mushroom World)
2012-06-21 10:14:15 EDT (-0400)

I come across this frequently on dead Hemlock in E. Tennessee. This is most certainly G. tsugae

Observation edited
By: Christine Braaten (wintersbefore)
2012-06-21 09:21:55 EDT (-0400)

Meant to say Hemlock (not hardwood), I am under the impression that this is a fallen Hemlock, the forest is dominated, on this section of the trail, by Eastern Hemlock.

The notes say hardwood
By: Britney Ramsey (Riverdweller)
2012-06-21 00:46:19 EDT (-0400)

which was why I questioned it at all. I thought the tree looked ‘piny’ myself. There are several references online that separate G. tsugae and G. lucidum by the color of the context.

“….Ganoderma tsugae is found on conifer wood—especially on hemlock—and has paler flesh; otherwise it is virtually indistinguishable from Ganoderma lucidum…”

That is where my comment about the context color came from.

By: vjp
2012-06-21 00:19:26 EDT (-0400)

tree is a eastern hemlock in my opinion

“edit* white context, ok, my bad. I did not know tsugae also fruited on hardwood.”

if on hardwood….
By: Britney Ramsey (Riverdweller)
2012-06-21 00:08:20 EDT (-0400)

wouldn’t this be Ganoderma lucidum? tsugae means hemlock and grows on conifers.
edit* white context, ok, my bad. I did not know tsugae also fruited on hardwood.

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