Lacquered Polypore Ganoderma lucidum sensu-lato  Synonyms: Fomes curtisii, Ganoderma curtisii, Ganoderma resinaceum, Lacquered Bracket, Polyporus curtisii, Scindalma curtisii.

Status:

Found solitary or in clusters on living and dead hardwoods.

Description:

Fruiting body: Kidney-shaped with a shiny, lumpy surface. Most will be solid red to red brown or with yellow or white zones near margin; but some are an ochre color. Pores: White becoming dingy brown and usually bruise brown; tiny. Stalk: Absent (sessile), or when present, central or on one side of cap.

Note: All of the species of Ganoderma in Maryland growing on hardwoods are included on this page because mycologists do not agree on how many species there are. (A 2017 key has nine species in the southeastern United States, which includes Maryland.) There do not seem to be molecular studies on all of the species in this genus, which would clarify the situation. Ganoderma lucidum sensu stricto (Curtis) Karstis is a European species (according to the molecular studies). See http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pp333.

There are 59 records in the project database.

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Lacquered Polypore growing in Garrett Co., Maryland (6/10/2013). Photo by Matt Tillett. (MBP list)

Lacquered Polypore in Howard Co., Maryland (6/8/2013). Photo by Nancy Magnusson. (MBP list)

A Lacquered Polypore in Kent Co., Maryland (11/17/2013). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

A Lacquered Polypore found during the Chino Farms BioBlitz (4/27/2013). Determined by Lance Biechele. Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

A Lacquered Polypore (infertile surface) in Howard Co., Maryland (7/11/2014). Photo by Joanne Solem. (MBP list)

A Lacquered Polypore (fertile surface) in Howard Co., Maryland (7/11/2014). Photo by Joanne Solem. (MBP list)

A young fruiting body of Lacquered Polypore in Howard Co., Maryland (6/26/2016). Photo by Joanne Solem. (MBP list)

Lacquered Polypore in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (6/28/2018). Determined by Bob and Jo Solem. Photo by Anne Looker. (MBP list)

A Lacquered Polypore in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (3/16/2014). Verified by Lance Biechele. Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

A Lacquered Polypore in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (3/16/2014). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

A Lacquered Polypore in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (3/16/2014). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

A Lacquered Polypore (fruiting body) in Howard Co., Maryland (9/19/2009). Photo by Robert Solem. (MBP list)

A Lacquered Polypore in Somerset Co., Maryland (11/10/2014). Photo by Lance Biechele. (MBP list)

A Lacquered Polypore in Baltimore Co., Maryland (12/20/2012). Photo by Benjamin DeHaven. (MBP list)

An unusual, stalkless Lacquered Polypore at Shad Landing, Worcester Co., Maryland (3/29/2013). Identified by Lance Biechele, who notes that photos of the underside are helpful for confirming the ID. Photo by Scott Housten. (MBP list)

Lacquered Polypore spores in Howard Co., Maryland (6/26/2016). Photo by Robert Solem. (MBP list)


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