Varnish (Latex) Mushroom
Ganoderma lucidum
Polyporaceae (Pore) Fungi Family
 
This polypore fungi has a corky or woody texture that appears to have a coat of varnish on the top (often called Artist's Fungus). Its a shelf mushroom that grows on dead and dying trees. Under certain conditions the fruiting body takes on what is referred to as an "antler" shape, somewhat like a cypress "knee" -- which adds to its value as an ornament. The knee is a result of elevated carbon dioxide levels in the surrounding environment.

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