Sunday, October 30, 2011

Hemlock Lacquered Polypore- Macro Monday/Ruby Tuesday

I was fascinated by the wide variety of fungi present in the forest up at the cottage.  This is my favourite species.
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The Hemlock Lacquered Polypore
(Ganoderma tsuage)

The fruiting body which can be up to 30cm (11inches) in diameter, develop in a single season. They begin growth in June as soft white and orange knobs, soon fan out, and both the stalk and upper surface become heavily lacquered in shades of red and burgundy.


These fungi belong to the Polypore species, often known as, shelf or bracket fugi. Although not all species form shelf-shaped bodies, the commonality exists in the fact they have tough or woody fruiting bodies, that produce spores in tubes or pores found on the underside.

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29 comments:

Clytie said...

I have always loved mushrooms, lichens, fungi ... but never have I seen a more beautiful specimen! The color is phenomenal, and they certainly do look like they have been dipped in lacquer!

Kerri said...

Very cool! I think mushrooms and fungi are so photogenic! Great images you captured!

Linda Makiej said...

such marvelous macro work!!!!

Jessica said...

I love taking photos of fungi. These ones are so nice and shiny too. very nice!

Carletta said...

Your photos make them look almost like blown glass. :)
Wonderful macros!

Spare Parts and Pics said...

They really do look lacquered! Great photos and information.

Joop Zand said...

thats a special one......nice shots Karen.

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

Love the glossy coloration of this fungus.

Kala said...

What beautiful rich color that mushroom has!

MikeH said...

Terrific macro shot, love the color and the detail.
Looks so good you feel like taking a bite but that would probably be a dumb idea right?

EG Wow said...

Someday I hope to learn to identify mushrooms. I don't think I'll eat the wild variety but I just want to know what they are. Lovely photo, Karen.

pip said...

Great shots :)

forgetmenot said...

Who would ever think fungi could be so interesting, or for that matter, beautiful. Lovely, colorful shots--well done. Mickie :)

Woody said...

They do look lacquered, amazing!

DawnTreader said...

They almost look like chocolate!

Kim, USA said...

I love the color of this mushroom. But this is not edible right?

Macro

Lola said...

Lovely fungi!

Happy Ruby Tuesday!

Here’s mine!

Ralph said...

Absolutely stunning fungi! I cannot tell if it were lacquer or acrylic, but the style of nature cannot be duplicated. So nice!

Birgitta said...

Such beautiful rich color on these fungus! Great macros!

Roberto Machado Alves said...

Great shot. I love fungi.

Halcyon said...

This is really interesting. I know nothing about fungi, except what you get in the supermarket. I really think this specimen is rather beautiful.

Gattina said...

They almost look like fake once in ceramic !

Sylvia K said...

What colorful, fantastic macro shots, Karen! They do almost look like they're ceramic! I've never seen any like these! Terrific! Hope your week is off to a great start!

Sylvia

Debbie said...

wow....great find and an awesome shot!!

Ida said...

These are great! Love all the wonderful detail in the photos.

Liz said...

These are unique.

My entries:
Moms...Check Nyo
Yummy-as-can-be

Maria @ LSS said...

Beautiful macros!

Sivinden said...

An impressive fungus, great shape and colours.

CanadianGardenJoy said...

I'm working backwards here Karen .. another "duh?" symptom LOL
These are so colourful and simply gorgeous ! You are one lucky gal to be so close to places like this .. I would never be able to put the camera down ! : )
Joy