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UPDATE: Somewhere in Pikesville: What's on the Tree?

As a nature nut, I know generally what this is. Do you? And can you tell me where I would find it?

UPDATE (9:47 a.m. May 3)—Somewhere in Pikesville last month I came across this tree.

Do you know what's on the tree, and where I found it?

There are some inherent clues for folks who know Pikesville. but I will give you another clue: It was in a place accessible to the public.

Here's the answer: This is a shelf fungus, ganoderma applanatum, and I found it at in Pikesville.

It's also known as a bracket fungus. Some call it artist's conch, because artwork can be carved or drawn onto the opposite side. That would be the white underside in this fungus.

It often grows on decaying, dead trees. But in this case, it's a parasite, because it's growing on a wound of a living tree.

The clue I thought readers could get from the photos was the age of this tree.

There are only two places I know of in Pikesville with trees this large, that are accessible to the public: the cemetery and .

But there could be others.

If you know of any more public places with aged trees, please mention them in the comments.

If you have some interesting photos from Pikesville, Randallstown, Stevenson, or the surrounding area, feel free to post them here.

Janet Metzner April 20, 2012 at 08:38 PM
The white, flat growth is about a foot wide, from left to right. And it's growing on a very old, large tree in a place that's open to the public by day. Pikesville Patch Facebook fans guessed that it's a mushroom or a lichen, but it's neither of those. I'll be adding a few more photos to this guessing game "Somewhere in Pikesville: What's on this Tree?" Do you know what it is and where I found it? Here's another hint. It's in a place where I did another tree for a "Somewhere in Pikesville" photo.
Janet Metzner May 03, 2012 at 01:55 PM
Do you know what a shelf fungus looks like? If not, check out these pics from Druid Ridge Cemetery. This shelf fungus, ganoderma applanatum, is growing on a wound on a tree at Druid Ridge Cemetery. See more pics at http://patch.com/A-s8kK
Cheryl Cohen May 03, 2012 at 02:40 PM
You would have been more excited over Druid Ridges' Black Aggie!... Check her out at - www.prairieghosts.com/druidridge.html
Janet Metzner May 03, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Another Pikesville Patch reader said there are large, aged trees accessible to the public in Sudbrook park, as well.
Janet Metzner May 03, 2012 at 03:09 PM
Black Aggie, that's quite a story. Just wondering if any Pikesville residents actually were spooked by her?
Cheryl Cohen May 03, 2012 at 03:37 PM
Black Aggie spooked many a teen pledging sororities, not to mention boys that loved to bring their dates there too!
Cheryl Cohen May 03, 2012 at 03:45 PM
Interesting that the article only focused on the fraternities. I knew a few teenage girls that were scared "big time" at the base of her statue.

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