A rather massive Ganoderma sp. upon a dead strip of a beech stem

Again, this was found at Epping Forest during yesterday’s visit with the Ancient Tree Forum. This time, we can see a very hefty Ganoderma sp. (suspected Ganoderma applanatum), found fruiting upon a long and very extensive dead column of a beech (Fagus sylvatica) stem. The actual tree is still alive, though the crown is rather small in comparison to the entire structure.

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Here we can observe the sporophore emanating from a dead section of its host. A slight upward orientation of the sporophore can be seen. Has its host shifted slightly in orientation, due to the decay?
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From this angle, the growth increments can really be identified. A beatiful sporophore!
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And we can see howe bleedin’ massive it is! Also note the small sporophore on the same side but right at the base, and a slightly larger one on the floor beneath. On the right hand side of the small basal hollow, we can also see the remnants of an old sporophore (again Ganoderma sp.).
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Here is the beech as a whole. It evidently has only half a crown.
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A rather massive Ganoderma sp. upon a dead strip of a beech stem

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