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Southern Bracket

Ganoderma australe (syn G. applanatum)


Wood-rotting bracket polypore fungi. Two specimens found on the root of a dead Strangler Fig (Ficus watkinsiana). One of the brackets still attached to the root, whilst the other had dislodged and was laying amongst ferns and leaf litter. Each bracket approx. 20-25 cm wide. The bottom of the dislodged specimen was completely black and looked like charcoal, as if it had been burnt. However, no fires have been through this area. The second reference link shows the same fungi, and that's how I've identified this spotting. The synonym G. applanatum also has the common names Artist's Bracket, Artist's Conk, or Flacher Lackporling.


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


Common Earthball Fungi found on the same tree -

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Neil Ross
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Neil Ross

Queensland, Australia

Spotted on Jul 22, 2014
Submitted on Jul 27, 2014

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