Scientific name: Ganoderma applanatum (Pers.) Pat. Derivation of name: Ganoderma means having a “shiny or lustrous skin”; applanatum means ” flattened”. Fruiting body perennial,woody, typically sessile, cm broad, cm thick, fan-shaped to slightly convex, rarely hoof-like, usually solitary; margin rounded. Descriptions and articles about the Artist’s Fungus, scientifically known as Ganoderma applanatum in the Encyclopedia of Life. Includes Overview; Brief Summa.

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Ganoderma applanatum: The Artist’s Conk

Fungus is a common part of our everyday life, whether or not we realize it. From the food in our kitchens, to the mushrooms in our yards, fungus is everywhere. There are aboutspecies of described applanafum, but recent estimates say that there are over 5 million species waiting to be described Blackwell !

Of thoseknown species of fungi, about 17, are mushrooms Blackwell. Many mushrooms have amazing qualities about them.

Upon first glance, this mushroom might not look like much. It grows out of fallen logs or wounds in trees and forms a shelf-like knob. The top of the cap is pale brown with a white margin that leads into the white underside. Before aapplanatum, the pore surface the underside of the mushroom is a perfect white color see fig. Artists use this mushroom as a canvas to etch beautiful illustrations on see fig.


Ganoderma applanatum, the artist’s conk, Tom Volk’s Fungus of the Month for March

Because Ganoderma applanatum is a perennial mushroom, a message left on this mushroom might be there for appplanatum to come! Ganoderma applanatum growing our of a fallen hardwood log. Ganoderma applanatum comes in all sorts of shapes and sizes.

The mushroom pictured in Figure 1 was found near my home in Hoodsport, Washington, and is about 8 inches long. The pore surface is very flat, and I plan on making a drawing on it eventually.

For now, I am letting it stay in the woods because once picked, there is a limited amount of time to draw on it before it will no longer bruise. This applajatum another amazing feature of the fungus.

Drawing on a fresh specimen and then drying it will naturally preserve your masterpiece.

Although it is most commonly used as a canvas, the use of Ganoderma applanatum does not stop with artwork. Ganoderma applanatum is also used for its medicinal properties. The genus Ganoderma is very important to China, which uses many different kinds of these mushrooms in medicine Jong While it cannot be directly eaten because it it is too hard, the woody fruiting body can be boiled down into a tea and is used for its antiinflammatory, antitumor, and antibacterial properties.


Ganoderma applanatum – Wikipedia

It is also said to help the respiratory system Stamets The compounds found in many Ganoderma mushrooms have actually been studied and shown to greatly inhibit tumor growth in mice Usui et al This is not just a home remedy! Many polypores found in the Pacific Northwest are medicinal, and this is just one example. Our forests contain all kinds of fungi, and they can be used in many ways.

I think that it is important applamatum keep learning about fungi and how they can be used. Next time you are walking in the woods, keep an eye out for these inconspicuous mushrooms. Maybe you can leave a friendly message for the next hiker, draw a picture, or even harvest the mushroom to make applabatum medicinal tea.

American Journal of Botany, 98 3 Medicinal Benefits of the Mushroom Ganoderma. Advances in Applied Microbiology, 73, An Informational Treatise on Mushrooms. Carbohydrate Research,