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Reishi or Lingzhi mushroom

Ganoderma lucidum


Colorful mushroom growing next to false turkeytail on a stump. Names for the lingzhi fungus have a two thousand year history. This polypore mushroom is soft (when fresh), corky, and flat, with a conspicuous red-varnished, kidney-shaped cap and, depending on specimen age, white to dull brown pores underneath. It lacks gills on its underside and releases its spores through fine pores, leading to its morphological classification as a polypore. In North America, it is sessile and rather large with only a small or no stalk. This fungus is said to have anti-tumor, anti-cancer, immunomodulatory and immunotherapeutic qualities.


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Ganoderma lucidum Lingzhi mushroom

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Maria dB
Maria dB 7 years ago

Thanks for your suggestion, CorduneanuVlad and Britney; I agree, usulav, it is a cool-looking mushroom!

ursulav 7 years ago

I don't know what it ism but it's cool!

CorduneanuVlad 7 years ago

This looks like it's a young Ganoderma mushroom

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Maria dB

Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA

Spotted on Jan 12, 2014
Submitted on Jan 17, 2014


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