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Common Ganoderma
Comments(2) # Common Ganoderma london e17

You'll know, I'm sure, that the mushrooms we see are just the fruiting bodies of a much larger organism usually hidden beneath the ground. As such they're usually only apparent for a short period of weeks or maybe months at most. Many of the bracket fungi also fit to this pattern but this one does not. I'd walked past it time and time again before finally noticing it once the leaves had left the trees overhead and even then it rather looks like part of the decaying tree trunk it is living on. As well as looking like part of the tree it's very hard and woody in texture. But, going back to my preamble it's also a fruiting body which gets larger every year. These ones are about 10 inches across. The spores, as with most brackets are released from pores underneath. Canon EOS 5D
150 mm
200 ISO
1.6 sec
f 8
Flash: Not Fired