Saprophytic Ganoderma applanatum on oak (Quercus robur)

I was walking around some of the nearby fields yesterday afternoon, and came across a long-dead oak. I had almost passed it, when I caught the glimpse of a fungal bracket right at the base. As I didn’t have my camera on me, I went home to grab it and returned to get the below photos.

What I like about this Ganoderma applanatum is that it’s fruiting out from behind some of the only remaining bark left on the tree. I have seen it fruit on exposed heartwood, as have I seen it (more often) fruit through bark, though this was an intriguing example of a middle-ground of sorts.

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Here sits the dead Quercus robur, within a hedgerow consisting mainly of hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna) and blackthorn (Prunus spinosa).
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A moderately-sized Ganoderma applanatum sporophore can be seen, fruiting at the base.
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We can see how it is growing out from behind the bark-covered region.
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A side-profile close-up reveals that two growth increments have been laid down, and also shows how the sporophore emanates from behind the bark. It may have even pushed the bark out, somewhat.
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The underside of the bracket reveals the brown spores upon the ivy leaves.
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Saprophytic Ganoderma applanatum on oak (Quercus robur)

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