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Shelf-like to hoof-like & usually on wood Shelf-like to hoof-like & usually on wood

Overview

 

The fruitbodies of the fungi in this group grow from wood, but sometimes that wood may be buried. They range from fairly thin, shelf-like or bracket-like growths (with horizontal extent much greater than vertical thickness) to those that are very chunky (with vertical thickness equal to, or even greater than, horizontal extent).

 

In some species with shelf-like fruitbodies the shelves are wavy, rather than absolutely flat.

 

As well as the wholly shelf-like fruitbodies there are those that are flat sheet+shelf. These start as a flat growth on a downward facing surface (e.g. the lower side of a leaning trunk or of a fallen branch lying on the ground). After a while the upper edge of this sheet-like growth turns out from the wood to form a horizontal shelf. Technically such a composite growth form is described as effused-reflexed (effused: the sheet-like bit; reflexed: the shelf). In some species the shelf constitutes a significant proportion of the fruitbody and such species are included here.

 

There are other species that either remain flat on wood or where the margins of the mature fruitbody occasionally turn away from the wood, but very little and only to form a slight horizontal lip, with almost all of the mature fruitbody still the flat area. Look for those in Other fungi on wood (https://canberra.naturemapr.org/Community/Categories/Guide/1746).

 

Sometimes, understandably, you will be unsure whether you have a ‘shelf ‘or a ‘lip’. After all, a lip may be only an immature stage in the formation of a shelf. In a simple guide such as this, it is impossible to give a definitive answer for each case. The only possible advice is to look in each category and see if other features suggests a species or genus for your sighting.

 

Warnings

Some species which normally produce shelf-like to hoof-like fruitbodies can show considerable plasticity in fruitbody form, depending on where the fruitbody develops. For example, Pycnoporus coccineus (see the pored/maze-like sub-group) almost always produces shelf-like fruitbodies but you may find no more than a thick crust (seen on the underside of a ceiling) or an inverted, shallow cone (seen on the top side of a fallen branch). In such cases you would, quite understandably, look for a match to your sighting in some other category.    

 

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Cerrena zonata
Cerrena zonata
Cerrena zonata
Cerrena zonata
Cerrena zonata
Cerrena zonata

Pored or somewhat maze-like on underside [bracket polypores] Fistulina sp. (A Beefsteak fungus)

Fistulina sp.
Fistulina sp.
Fistulina sp.
Fistulina sp.
Fistulina sp.
Fistulina sp.
Ganoderma
Ganoderma
Gloeophyllum
Gloeophyllum
Gloeophyllum
Gloeophyllum
Gloeophyllum
Gloeophyllum
Grifola colensoi
Grifola colensoi
Grifola colensoi
Grifola colensoi
Grifola colensoi
Grifola colensoi

Pored or somewhat maze-like on underside [bracket polypores] Hexagonia vesparia (Wasp Nest Polypore)

Hexagonia vesparia
Hexagonia vesparia
Hexagonia vesparia
Hexagonia vesparia
Hexagonia vesparia
Hexagonia vesparia

Pored or somewhat maze-like on underside [bracket polypores] Inonotus s.l. (A polypore )

Inonotus s.l.
Inonotus s.l.
Inonotus s.l.
Inonotus s.l.
Inonotus s.l.
Inonotus s.l.
Laetiporus portentosus
Laetiporus portentosus
Laetiporus portentosus
Laetiporus portentosus
Laetiporus portentosus
Laetiporus portentosus
Oligoporus
Oligoporus
Perenniporia ochroleuca
Perenniporia ochroleuca
Perenniporia ochroleuca
Perenniporia ochroleuca
Perenniporia ochroleuca
Perenniporia ochroleuca
Phaeotrametes decipiens
Phaeotrametes decipiens
Phaeotrametes decipiens
Phaeotrametes decipiens
Phaeotrametes decipiens
Phaeotrametes decipiens
Phellinus sp. (non-resupinate)
Phellinus sp. (non-resupinate)
Phellinus sp. (non-resupinate)
Phellinus sp. (non-resupinate)
Piptoporus australiensis
Piptoporus australiensis
Piptoporus australiensis
Piptoporus australiensis
Piptoporus australiensis
Piptoporus australiensis

Pored or somewhat maze-like on underside [bracket polypores] Postia pelliculosa (A wood-rotting bracket fungus)

Postia pelliculosa
Postia pelliculosa
Postia pelliculosa
Postia pelliculosa
Postia pelliculosa
Postia pelliculosa
Postia punctata
Postia punctata
Postia punctata
Postia punctata
Postia punctata
Postia punctata
Pseudoinonotus chondromyelus
Pseudoinonotus chondromyelus
Pseudoinonotus chondromyelus
Pseudoinonotus chondromyelus
Pseudoinonotus chondromyelus
Pseudoinonotus chondromyelus

Pored or somewhat maze-like on underside [bracket polypores] Pycnoporus coccineus (Scarlet Bracket)

Pycnoporus coccineus
Pycnoporus coccineus
Pycnoporus coccineus
Pycnoporus coccineus
Pycnoporus coccineus
Pycnoporus coccineus

Pored or somewhat maze-like on underside [bracket polypores] Pycnoporus sp. (Scarlet Bracket)

Pycnoporus sp.
Pycnoporus sp.
Pycnoporus sp.
Pycnoporus sp.
Pycnoporus sp.
Pycnoporus sp.
Rhodofomitopsis lilacinogilva complex
Rhodofomitopsis lilacinogilva complex
Rhodofomitopsis lilacinogilva complex
Rhodofomitopsis lilacinogilva complex
Rhodofomitopsis lilacinogilva complex
Rhodofomitopsis lilacinogilva complex

Underside smooth or wrinkled/roughened <Stereum etc> Stereum hirsutum (False Turkey)

Stereum hirsutum
Stereum hirsutum
Stereum hirsutum
Stereum hirsutum
Stereum hirsutum
Stereum hirsutum

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