Artist’s bracket Ganoderma applanatum

A bracket fungus often found near the base of old beech trees or their stumps.

It feeds on the living wood by producing enzymes that it break down.

The rust-coloured dust, seen in the image (right), is actually millions of spores that the fungus releases to reproduce.

Habitat

Beech trees.

When to see

Artist's bracket fungi can be found all year round.

Did you know?

Artist's bracket is so named because it can literally be used to produce works of art. When its surface is rubbed or scratched it changes from light to dark brown, meaning lines, shading and all manner of illustrations can be etched upon the fungus itself.

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