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Group of Fungi: Polypores
Latin Name: Ganoderma tsugae Murrill
Common Name: Hemlock Polypore
Description: Paddle-shaped, kidney-shaped or fan-shaped stalked structure; cap 3–12 in (7.5–30 cm) across and 1/2–1 1/4 in (1.3–3 cm) thick, upper surface smooth and shiny (appearing to be "varnished"), brownish orange to reddish brown; margin of cap white to pale yellow; spore-bearing surface white when young but becoming dingy yellow to dull brown with age, pores very small and difficult to see; spores brown in mass.
Biological Role: Decomposer of wood.
Habitat: On fallen logs and stumps of conifers, especially hemlock.
Geographical Distribution: Widely distributed throughout North America.
Comments: This is a truly beautiful fungus when the fresh fruiting bodies are observed in the field against the background of a dark brown hemlock log.