Artist’s Conk

(Ganoderma applanatum)

Conservation Status
Artist’s Conk
 
  IUCN Red List

not listed

 
  NatureServe

not listed

 
  Minnesota

not listed

 
           
           
           
 
Description
 
 

Artist’s Conk is a common, easily recognized, perennial, wood decaying, bracket fungus. It is widespread, occuring in U.S. state and every Canadian province.

It is found singly or in small groups on most hardwood species and some conifer species. It is usually saprobic, on decaying stumps and logs, but is sometimes parasitic, near the base of injured trees.

The fruiting body is woody, usually stalkless, bracket-like, fan-shaped to slightly convex, 2 to 23½ long, and 2 to 4 thick. The upper surface is dull, unvarnished, rough, and often furrowed. It is arranged in concentric zones that range from pale gray-brown to dark brown. In the fall it is often powdery with brown spores. The lower surface is white, becoming yellowish or brownish with age. It instantly turns brown when bruised and remains brown for a long time.

The pores are circular, small, 4 to 6 per millimeter, and are difficult to see without a hand lens. The spore tubes are in layers, with a new, to ½ thick layer added each year.

The spores are brown or reddish brown.

 
     
 

Similar Species

 
  Lacquered Bracket (Ganoderma lucidum) is not a perennial. The upper surface is glossy, though it is usually covered with brown spores. It is more colorful, with blends of orange, white, and brown.  
     
 
Habitat and Hosts
 
 

Woods

 
     
 
Biology
 
 

Season

 
 

Year-round

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Distribution Map

 

Sources

4, 7, 24, 26, 29, 30, 77.

 
  12/19/2020      
         
 

Occurrence

 
 

Common and widespread

 
         
 
Taxonomy
 
  Kingdom Fungi (fungi)  
  Subkingdom Dikarya  
  Division Basidiomycota (club fungi)  
  Subdivision Agaricomycotina (jelly fungi, yeasts, and mushrooms)  
  Class Agaricomycetes (mushroom-forming fungi)  
  Subclass Agaricomycetidae  
  Order Polyporales (shelf fungi)  
  Family Ganodermataceae  
  Genus Ganoderma (artist’s brackets, reishi, and allies)  
       
 

Synonyms

 
 

Boletus applanatus

Fomes applanatus

Fomes vegetus

Ganoderme aplani

Ganoderma lipsiense

Polyporus applanatus

Polyporus vegetus

 
       
 

Common Names

 
 

Artist’s Bracket

Artist’s Conk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Glossary

Saprobic

Obtaining its nutrients from non-living organic matter, such as decaying plant or animal matter.

 
 
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Sherry Wurtz

 
 

I found it on an old dead tree.

 
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At the base of a live tree

 
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On a decaying stump or log

 
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Covered with brown spores

 
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Artist's Fungus
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Artist's Fungus (Ganoderma applanatum).

 

 

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About

Uploaded on Feb 25, 2010

Dr. Scott Enebak Auburn University School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences, discusses the characteristics of common forest diseases.

   
  Fall medicinal mushroom hunting, how to find Ganoderma adspersum/Reishi cousin.
Earthwalker40 .
 
   
 
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Published on Aug 19, 2012

http://www.youtube.com/user/Earthwalker40 then check out http://www.blogger.com/profile/16589694922742883622 I found these Ganoderma adspersum/medicinal polypore mushrooms while fall medicinal mushroom hunting in the forest , how to find Ganoderma Adspersum.

   
  Ganoderma Applanatum Shelf
Ganoderma Applanatum Shelf
 
   
 
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Ganoderma Applanatum Shelf

In which Maximus explains the phylogeny of a Ganoderma Applanatum mushroom that he found in the woods and then made into a shelf.

   

 

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  Apricity Apricity
Fall 2021

Location: Martin County, Fairmont, MN

 
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Summer 2019

Location: Maplewood Nature Center

Artist’s Conk  
  Sherry Wurtz
9/2/2017

Location: Jasper, MN (Rock County)

I found it on an old dead tree.

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