Definition of artist's fungus in US English:

artist's fungus


  • A bracket fungus with a reddish-brown upper surface and a pale lower surface on which scratches remain visible as dark marks, found in both Eurasia and North America.

    Ganoderma applanatum, family Ganodermataceae, class Hymenomycetes

    • ‘But artist's fungus and other wood fungi were seen on decaying trees.’
    • ‘With the first hard frost of Autumn, all spore production stops and the artist's fungus becomes dormant until the establishment of a new spore tube layer the following spring.’