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shelf fungus

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shelf fungus  
Any of various basidiomycete fungi that form shelflike carpophores (spore-bearing structures) on tree trunks or decaying wood. Also called bracket fungus.
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  • The logs of corduroy roads through the swamp are incrusted with a shelf fungus (P. versicolor) of marvelous hues.

    In the Open Stanton Davis Kirkham
  • He thought of the leaves of the palm tree, the white under surface of the shelf fungus.

    An American Robinson Crusoe Samuel. B. Allison

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