Identification: australian fungus

Discussion in 'Fungi, Lichens and Slime Molds' started by Puddleton, Feb 11, 2006.

  1. Puddleton

    Puddleton Active Member 10 Years

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    Greetings all.
    My Father has many eucalyptus trees with the same type of fungus. Any ideas as to how I key it out? or can anyone help me identify it please?
     

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    Can you see small pores anywhere on the exterior surface of the fungus? I couldn't tell for sure from the picture. If pores aren't visible, it could be in the genus Cryptoporus (the pores are hidden by an exterior covering). If pores are visible, you might want to look for something along the lines of Fomitopsis or Ganoderma. Can you tell if the upper surface is different from the lower surface and whether it has a shiny "varnished" appearance? I'm not at all familiar with Australian taxa, but these polypores are a good place to start.
     
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    Puddleton Active Member 10 Years

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    Many thanks for starting me on the right track
     

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