When: 2008-10-11

Collection location: Belgrad Forest, Istanbul, Turkey [Click for map]

Who: Chukchi (Chukchi)

No specimen available


Proposed Names

57% (1)
Recognized by sight

Please login to propose your own names and vote on existing names.

= Observer’s choice
= Current consensus


Add Comment
The host is the key here…
By: Dimitar Bojantchev (dimitar)
2009-01-17 02:55:10 CST (-0600)

Sure Gencir efendi, we are all learning, every day, every minute.
This here is one perfect example where it is important to pay close
attention to the host (perhaps even walk back to identify it) — the
name of this Ganoderma suggests certain tree host and we know that
this species is known mainly from Abies and Tsuga, which are temperate
climate conifers (mainly). See, when I think of Tsuga or Abies, the
last place that comes to mind is Istanbul. And while there are many
conifers that live perfectly fine in Mediterranean conditions (The
Adalar Islands off Istanbul, for example are almost all Cypress, Cedar
and Pinus halepensis, pinea, etc.), I doubt that Tsuga would do well
there. Tsuga are typical Eastern Asian and North American trees that
although planted in Europe do a lot better in Germany and Scandinavia
than down there towards the Biblical lands. Also G. tsugae has a more
veneer, polished look, like here:


Search on Google for G. lucidum and compare.

Anyway, I’m rambling already, have fun.

By: Chukchi (Chukchi)
2009-01-17 01:46:03 CST (-0600)

Hello Dimitar, thanks for the comments. I am learning. A few hundred meters from this photo site is the Faculty of Forestry which uses the surrounding forest for experiments. One can come across small patches of conifer trees, exotic to the decidious forest.

Looks like Ganoderma lucidum
By: Dimitar Bojantchev (dimitar)
2009-01-16 16:59:19 CST (-0600)

Gencer, I have hard time imagining that there is any Tsuga near
Istanbul. The forests in that area include a lot of broadleaved there
too, various Oaks, Fagus orientalis, etc. But the most predominant
tree is Quercus cerris (Turkey Oak) and what you have here looks like
the classic Ganoderma lucidum. I have a similar collections from
Bulgaria — this is what Q. cerris looks like:


I’d have accepted that someone planted lots of Tsuga canadensis, which
is very common in Europe, but on the photo I see broad leaves.