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jcoowanitwong Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1679 W: 0 N: 3120] (13754)
I found this group of mushroom while on the way to 'Kbal Spien'.
(Kbal Spien - From the base of a small mountain the hike along a narrow jungle trail for forty-five minutes (kilometre and a half) to the holy site and the river of a thousand lingas -" lingas " (phallic symbol of the god Shiva in the Hinduism) - that carved into the riverbed.
Kobal Spien's water is going to join rivers Sieam Reap and Puok.)

This is my first mushroom picture here. Sorry that I do not have any information. A help would be grateful.

17 Oct. 2006
Thanks Uleko(Ulla Kruys) and LordPotty(Steve Reekie) for tips on the ID.

Bracket fungi, or shelf fungus, are fungi of the family Polyporaceae, notable for bearing fruiting bodies (conk) as or in a "bracket": a grouping of individual mushroom caps that lie in a close planar grouping of separate or interconnected horizontal rows. Brackets can range from only a single row of a few caps, to dozens of rows of caps that can weigh several hundred pounds. They are typically tough and sturdy and produce their spores on the tubes of the undersurface. Many types of bracket fungi are also polypores. Bracket fungus is cultivated for its nutritional values.

Bracket fungi include the tough, woody, shelf-like growths on the trunks of dead trees. Some species are serious parasites of living trees. The upper side often shows concentric striations that represent successive years of growth. Ages of 50-70 years have been recorded for some species. The lower surface is composed of numerous minute pores through which astronomical numbers of spores are released. Some of the largest and thickest bracket fungi are called conks. Artist's conk of the Ganoderma applanatum group can be up to three feet (0.9 m) across and eight inches (20 cm) thick. According to David Arora (Mushrooms Demystified, 1986), large conks may liberate 30 billion spores a day for a period of six months. This is 5,000,000,000,000 or 5 trillion spores annually.


18 Oct. 2006
With suggestion from our good friend edal (Anton Lefterov). I would like to add a bit more details. Hope this is a correct ID.

Plant Name: Trametes versicolor
Chinese Name: YUN ZHI - "cloud mushroom"
English name: Turkey tails
Family: Polyporaceae

Trametes versicolor, (formerly Coriolus versicolor), is a very common polypore mushroom of the genus Trametes. Versicolor means 'of several colours' and it is true that this mushroom is found in a wide variety of different colours.
Top surface of cap shows typical concentric zones of different colours. Flesh 1-3 mm thick, leathery texture. Cap with rust-brown or darker brown, sometimes blackish zones. Commonly grows in tiled layers. Cap flat, up to 8 x 5 x 0,5-1 centimeters, often triangular or round, with zones of fine hairs. Pore surface whitish to light brown, pores round and with age twisted and labyrin thine. 2-5 pores per millimeter.