6. Ganoderma Curtisii (Berk.) Murrill.
=Polyporus Curtisii Berk. Hook. Jour. Bot. 1 : 101. 1849.
Pileus corky to woody, reniform, convex above, concave below, 5—10 X 8-15 X 1-2 cm.; surface glabrous, ochraceous to latericeous or bay, at first laccate, the vamish soon disappearing, broadly sulcate; margin obtuse to truncate, sulcate, ochraceous, entire, glabrous : context soft-corky, zonate, ochraceous above, fulvous below, 5 mm. thick; tubes perennial, indistinctly stratified, 5-8 mm. long each season, avellaneous-umbrinous within, mouths circular to slightly angular, 3-5 to a mm., edges entire, white or cremeous, becoming umbrinous: spores ovoid, attenuate and truncate at the base, yellowish-brown, verrucose, 9-11 X 5-6 um: stipe usually excentric or lateral, erect or ascending, equal, or slightly enlarged above, cylindrical, bay, laccate, the substance similar to the context and darker at the center, 5-10 X 2-3 cm.
TYPE Locality: South Carolina.
HABITAT : Stumps and trunks of oak, sweet gum, maple, and other deciduous trees.
DISTRIBUTION : New York to Florida and west to Texas.
EXSICCATI : Rav. Fungi Am. 5, 47,- Rab.-Wint. Fungi Eur. 3430; Ellis, N. Am. Fungi 802.
Berkeley, M.J.; Curtis, M.A. 1849. Decades of fungi. Decades XXI-XXII. North and South Carolina Fungi. Hooker’s Journal of Botany and Kew Garden Miscellany. 1:97-104
Page number : 101
Description type : Original description
Description : 213. Polyporus Curtisii, Berk. MSS.
Pileo excentrico molli-suberoso sulcato zonato ochroleuco hic illic sanguineo-laccato. Stipite elongato, rugoso, sanguineo-laccato. Hymenio ex albo ochraceo; poris punctiformibus. Curt., No. 549, 577, 908, 979, 1131, 1525.
Pileus 3-6 inches across, excentric, convex, more or less grooved and zoned, of a rather soft corky texture, covered with an ochraceous, often opake, laccate crust, which is in parts sanguineous. Substance towards the tubes cinnamon, above ochraceous, not zoned, traversed with laccate lines parallel to the surface. Margin obtuse.
Stem 2-5 inches high, 0.5-1 inch thick, rough, sanguineo-laccate.
Hymenium white, here and there ochraceous, often partially laccate. Pores punctiform, not angular, cinnamon coloured, within stratose.
This splendid species is closely allied to Polyporus lucidus, but differs in its beautiful pale ochre-yellow tint, its punctiform pores, and in its substance not being zoned. The true Polyporus lucidus occurs in the same district, retaining exactly the character of European specimens. There is also some resemblance, especially in the punctiform pores, to Polyporus ochreolaccatus, Mont., but the habit and whole appearance of the two species is very different.