White edged Artist’s bracket at the foot of a tree, the herbs around it covered with it’s dark red spores.
Photo made in Bijlmerweide, Amsterdam SouthEast, the Netherlands
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Artist’s bracket ( Lat. : Ganoderma applanatum – Wikipedia – Dutch: Platte Tonderzwam ) is a bracket fungus with a cosmopolitan distribution.
The spore bodies are up to 30-40 cm across, hard, woody-textured, and inedible; they are white at first but soon turn dark red-brown.
It is a wood-decay fungus, using primarily dead heartwood, but also as a pathogen on live sapwood, particularly on older trees. It is a common cause of decay and death of beech and poplar, and less often of several other tree species, including alder, apple, elm, horse-chestnut, maple, oak, walnut, and willow.
A peculiarity of this fungus lies in its ability to be as a drawing medium for artists. When the surface is rubbed or scratched with a sharp implement, it changes from light to dark brown, producing visible lines and shading. (source: Wikipedia)
Photograph made with Pentax K10D camera and
Pentax-M zoom1:2.8-4 40-80mm lens
Exposure 1/60 sec, f. 40 mm, ISO 400
Date: oct. 29, 2011