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Maahmaah
Mon, 17 Aug 1998 14:21:09 EDT


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Hi--
remember the thread a while back on mushroom art? Well, this is sort of a
twist on that. No controversy here though.....I think......
-Lee

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The Learning Kingdom's Cool Fact of the Day for August 17, 1998
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What kind of mushroom can be used as an art canvas?

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The artist's conk (Ganoderma applanatum) is a shelf fungus that grows
on trees. Its flat, smooth underside is pure white, but the lightest
touch turns it dark brown. Because of this effect, it's possible to
draw detailed pictures on it. When the mushroom dries, the picture
becomes permanent.

Although the underside of the mushroom is pure white, the spores it
releases are dark brown. Often the dark spores land on the bark or
ground underneath and create a powdery, brown layer.

The artist's conk is a lignicolous mushroom, which means that it grows
on wood. For more about the word "lignicolous," see today's Cool
Word: http://www.cool-word.com/archive/1998/08/17.html

More about the artist's conk:
http://www.mykoweb.com/BAF/species/Ganoderma_applanatum.html
http://www.amoeba.com/msganapp.html

Picture of an artist's conk with drawings (scroll down to see it):
http://www.mykoweb.com/BAF/HDT_pics.html

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