Varnished Shelf Ganoderma tsugae Murrill  


Found solitary or in groups on decaying conifers.


Brownish-red to mahogany near center or overall; yellow-orange outward; light near margin. Surface appears lacquered, concentrically zoned, with shallow furrows. Fan or kidney-shaped. Pores: White or cream, brown in age or when bruised. Stalk: Typically lateral, may be absent or off-center, brown/red, shiny. Similar-appearing G. lucidum grows on rotting hardwoods (J. Solem, pers. comm.).


Relies on decaying conifers.

There are 6 records in the project database.

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A Varnished Shelf in Garrett Co., Maryland (6/11/2017). Verified by Jo Solem. Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

Varnished Shelf in Howard Co., Maryland (7/11/2008). Photo by Sue Earp. (MBP list)

Varnished Shelf in Howard Co., Maryland (9/22/2009). Photo by Robert Solem. (MBP list)

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