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Mushrooms in this family can be very large in size. Usually have a tough woody structure which can last for years. Some put on new growth every year. Mostly shelf like in shape. Stem absent. Pore layer can vary in size from barely visible to small.


Ganoderma sp.

This mushroom was found on an old crab apple tree in Havelock North.

This mushroom looks dead but some of these species put on new growth every year shown by the lines forming the edge.

Cap: Shelf like or hoof shaped. Probably brown in colour with bands or lines of darker and lighter colour, but it is
hard to be sure because the upper surface is covered in algae. About 20-25 cm in diameter.

Pore layer: Fairly small pores. White in colour and staining brown when bruised. (you can see the finger prints in the second photo).

The third picture shows a close up of the pore layer, with a friendly worm that worked it's way in front of the camera before the picture was taken.

Edibility: Too tough and woody to be of value











Phellinus Igniarius

Found at Boundary Stream Scenic Reserve on November 11, 2000.

Sizes varied from 8-20cm wide. Spectacular looking with a very shiny surface that soon fades on drying.

Pore layer: Reddish brown

Edibility: Not edible




Different people react differently to different mushrooms.

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Last Update

 15 Feb 2007


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