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Ganoderma applanatum
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Ganoderma applanatum

Common Name: Artist's Conk

Synonyms: Species Fungorum

Substrate: Downed Wood

Location: Hardwoods

Spore Color: Brown

Pore Color: White when fresh, brownish with age

Comments: 

This is one of the most common mushrooms that can be found in our hardwoods. It is fairly nondescript, usually with several shades of brown or gray on the upper surface, and a bright white pore surface when it is fresh. 

The most unique aspect of this mushroom is that the white pore surface will instantly bruise brown with only a slight bit of pressure from any object. This allows people to make elaborate drawings on the underside, which is where the common name comes from. Then as the pore surface dries out, the bruising stays with the mushroom and will store the picture that was drawn permanately into the pore surface.

Lookalikes:  

None

Pictures:

Ganoderma applanatum

7/28/12 - TC Steele Historic Site - Peckerwood Trail - Brown County, IN

Ganoderma applanatum

5/24/13 - Yellowwood State Forest - Brown Co., IN

Ganoderma applanatum

8/23/12 - Griffey Woods - Bloomington< IN

Ganoderma applanatum

Griffy Woods

Ganoderma applanatum

Ganoderma applanatum

Ganoderma applanatum

7/30/11 - Hoosier National Forest