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Giant Bracket Fungus

Hymenochaete sp

Description:

This huge bracket fungus was found 150 cm from the ground with several more higher up on the tree. It measured 40 cm at its widest point and protruded from the tree 25 cm. The bulk of it was dark brown with white growth around the edges of several of the lobes. I assume this is new growth. It is more obvious from underneath (fotos #3 & #4).

Habitat:

Hymenochaete is abundant in the tropics however without a species ID, I can't narrow it down any more than that. This specimen was found on a large standing tree that is in nearly permanent shade and was found in the Amazon rainforest of SE Ecuador.

Notes:

This is the largest bracket fungus I have found. As I am new to fungi, perhaps it is more common that I would think. The underside was really strange. As it isn't 30 meters from the house, I plan to watch it to see how it continues to grow.

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Morona Santiago, Ecuador

Lat: -2.15, Long: -77.69

Spotted on Mar 13, 2019
Submitted on Apr 14, 2019

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