Artist’s Fungus – Ganoderma applanatum

Fungi of the Week

10th January 2020 | Info

Common Name: Artist’s fungus

Scientific name: Ganoderma applanatum

Introduction: Artist’s fungus is a native perennial bracket fungus that gained its name due to its white underside that when scratched leaves behind brown marks, much like a drawing.

[Image: ‘Artwork’ drawn onto the bracket fungus]


Cap: When forming, the cap is white in colour. As the fungus matures, it then changes to a reddy-brown colour, developing a hard, leather-like texture. It also develops annual growth ridges on its upper surface.

Pores: Small, round and white when young but turn brown as the fungus matures.

Stem: Stemless.

Spores: Ellipsoidal-ovate. Leave behind a brown spore print.

Flesh: When cut through, you can see layers of tube pores. These layers help to indicate how old the fruiting body is.


They grow in tiered layers (brackets), particularly on Oak and Beech trees, but also on other conifers.

Impact on Trees:

Artist’s Fungus are parasitic and saprobic, meaning they feed and live off-of dead/dying/decaying wood, including felled or fallen trunks and branches.

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