Ganoderma australe on larch (Larix decidua)

An interesting relationship going on here, which has been confirmed as Ganoderma australe colonising a larch specimen through microscopic analysis by a professional mycologist. This particular larch is wonderfully clad with ivy, though is still alive (just!). I came across this approximately a week ago and was quick to get it assessed, given the rarity of the relationship.

Not much to add here, besides reiterating it being a very infrequent occurrence – if at all recorded before and subsequently confirmed, in the UK. Cool, eh!

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Ganoderma australe on larch (Larix decidua)

3 thoughts on “Ganoderma australe on larch (Larix decidua)

    1. Most of the bracket remains. I only took a slice, in order to send it to Kew for formal assessment and recording in the FRDBI. Ganodermas are perennial – it’ll grow over the functional area. There was a wholly senescent bracket adjacent, so this is long-standing decay and thus millions (if not billions) of spore have been ajected from this fungu’s fruiting bodies, no doubt continuing its genetic lineage.

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