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Southern Bracket (old specimens)

Ganoderma australe (syn G. applanatum)


This is the largest bracket fungi I have ever seen (photos 1 & 2). There were four specimens in all, the largest of which was over 2½ feet wide. The second largest (photos 3 & 4) was only half the size, and the section of trunk it was attached to had rotted away, and the bracket was loose. All were found on the same fallen tree, a Queensland Red Cedar (Toona ciliata). These large brackets are quite old, and this was obvious not only because of their size, but also by the advanced decayed state of the tree. Spotting possibly Southern Brackets (Ganoderma australe), but I just can't be 100% sure, hence no positive ID. PS: 14 June, 2019 - I can see it now. These are Southern Brackets. The fourth photo in this set shows the cracked surface of the brackets, and this is something I recognise as I've also seen it in other spottings of the same species. This is a wood-decaying fungus.


Subtropical rainforest in Bunya Mountains National Park, southeast Queensland. Here's some info on the park -


Once again my backpack, albeit a small one, comes to the rescue to give a sense of scale. It's better than nothing. NB: The tree had not been logged, but had fallen of its own accord.

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Neil Ross
Neil Ross 6 years ago

It is a small backpack - great for day trips. Scored it at the op-shop :-) This is a great bracket, Mark. You've probably come across these on your travels.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

I didn't know they made such small backpacks. Incredible !!

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 6 years ago

Thanks, Jae. The big one was pretty impressive.

Jae 6 years ago

Awesome find, Neil.

Neil Ross
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Neil Ross

QLD, Australia

Spotted on Jul 22, 2014
Submitted on Jul 25, 2014

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