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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.