A Conch On An Oak

This is a rather large and lovely fruiting body of a fungus.

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Although I was happy to find it, it is a bad sign for the oak on which it resides.

This is a Ganoderma lucidum.  It is also referred to as root rot or butt rot.

This part of the fungi is called a basidocarp. These can get several feet wide and over half a foot tall.

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The top is a mixture of oranges, browns and whites. The top is hard and leathery or rubbery.   The underside is white with tiny pores.

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These two were found around the base of my neighbors’ oak.  This is twice as bad as finding one because it means the decay is more severe. (Sorry M & N.)

I also spotted the one below downtown, which I plan to report to our local arborist.

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The Conch is lovely but a deadly delight.

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6 thoughts on “A Conch On An Oak

    1. I sent a photo to the town arborist. We will see what he thinks. Pinky spores? I will check on that later with some white paper. Thank you for your input. I will be following your blog. I love all fungi. I have never been to New Zealand. I am so glad you found me.

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